Power needs to be redistributed to citizens, to local communities and true democracy needs to be restored to public life.
Local Area Coordination Evaluation Isle of Wight
This six month formative evaluation outlines the work carried out to plan, implement and evaluate Local Area Coordination on the Isle of Wight.
Life in Bolsover Today
Inequality in the UK has doubled in a generation and the consequences are felt most harshly in places like Bolsover as the Community Voluntary Partners' report shows.
Exploring the Meaning of Poverty
Poverty isolates and divides us. It leaves us thinking we are not good enough and we are too poor to spend time with friends or family writes Simon Duffy.
The Future of Welfare Reform
A presentation for Sheffield's Citizen Advice Bureau exploring the UK Government's account of welfare reform and offering thoughts on what real welfare reform might look like.
Ending Tendering in Social Care
Simon Duffy, in the second of a series of blogs from Finland, explores the problems created by tendering for social care and how to bring the system to an end.
Politics & Economics of Personal Budgets
In the first of a short series of essays Simon Duffy explores the political and economic challenges of moving towards personal budgets.
Welfare: The Leadership Challenge
Susan Harrison reflects on the challenge of being critical about the welfare state from within the welfare state and the need for integrity.
Example of Flexible Support Contract
This is a real but anonymised contract between a local authority and a service provider enabling the service provider to use Individual Service Funds (ISFs).
Demystifiying Individual Service Funds (ISFs)
These slides summarise guidance on the use of Individual Service Funds (ISFs) and the future of commissioning for health and social care.
People, Places, Possibilities
Written by Ralph Broad, this report describes the positive progress on Local Area Coordination in England and Wales.
Localism: As If People Mattered
Laird Ryan calls for localism to be brought back to the grassroots where it truly belongs.
Private Good, Public Bad
The prevailing fiction of our times is that the private sector is better at running things than the public sector, Virginia Moffatt explores the reality.