Third Sector, no.213, 2001, p.9
The voluntary sector is becoming more deeply engaged in delivering public services under contract to local authorities. Article discusses whether this will lead to them becoming more or less accountable to users.
Community Care, Jul. 19th-25th 2001, p.18-19
Looking at the proposals for increased private sector involvement in public sector services, this article examines some of the fundamental obstacles to public private partnerships. It discusses whether government plans are going to improve services or whether it is just looking for a way to wash its hands of failure.
Guardian, Aug. 17th 2001, p.18
Thinks tanks such as the Institute for Public Policy Research and networks such as the New Local Government Network are heavily influencing government plans for schools and hospitals. These institutions are dominated by businesses which are set to benefit from the public-private partnerships they promote.
Financial Times, July 30th 2001, p.17
In order to reduce inequality the government will have to increase both in-work and out-of-work benefits faster than earnings rise over the next two to three years. It is also committed to investing heavily in health and education in order to improve services and retain middle class support for them. It is looking increasingly unlikely that the government will be able to do both within the limits it has placed on public expenditure.
Political Quarterly, vol.72, 2001, p.278-290
Article outlines a changing view of the management of public services using teaching as a case study. The change is from:
A new management-speak reflects this shift in public service management, a language of target setting and outcomes, productivity and performance indicators, inputs and value added, customers and service delivery.
B. Groom and J. Mackintosh
Financial Times, Aug. 2nd 2001, p.2
Reports that Treasury officials want to restrict the new Post Office card account, which the government has to finance, to the 2m-4m benefit claimants without bank accounts. Research by Consignia, however, suggests that 6m people would prefer to receive benefits through the card account.
Financial Times, Aug. 8th 2001, p.4
The new Universal Bank to be run by Consignia may be delayed by a row between the Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry. The two departments can't agree on whether to restrict the card account to 2m-4m benefit claimants without bank accounts. If the decisions are delayed further it could result in the computer system not being ready for the 2003 deadline.
Guardian, Aug. 3rd 2001, p.20
Argues that the Labour government's reforms of public services will fail because they are insufficiently radical. Labour has introduced a raft of special initiatives while not tackling core problems.