London Councils: Troubled Families programme offers broader lessons for local services

London Councils Troubled Families Report (PDF) From London Councils: London Councils had launched a new report ‘Troubled Families Programme: Lessons for Future Public Service Reform’.  The report explores the experience of the Troubled Families Programme in London, with councils taking a strong local grip on the delivery of integrated services and suggests that it offers [Read more]

Report: most charities see themselves at greater risk from public sector commissioning

In May 2012, New Philanthropy Capital published the results of its survey of charities that have an income over £800,000 and that earn some of this income from government. Over 90% believe they face more risk in the current commissioning environment than before, and this appears to be driven by three elements: new funding mechanisms, delivery [Read more]

A third of Labour MPs are concerned about charities delivering public services – Civil Society – Finance – News – providing news and in-depth coverage of charities, voluntary organisations and not-for-profits

Around 35 per cent of Labour MPs are concerned about the involvement of charities in public service delivery, while no Conservative MP says that they are, according to a survey conducted by research company Populus. via A third of Labour MPs are concerned about charities delivering public services – Civil Society – Finance – News [Read more]

Call for evidence – Effectiveness of transfer of undertakings (protection of employment – TUPE) regulations 2006 | Consultations | BIS

The call for evidence seeks views on the effectiveness of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and how they might be improved, if at all. Whilst the Regulations implement a European Directive and provide important protections for both employers and employees, the Government is concerned that some businesses believe they are ‘gold-plated’ [Read more]

Charities should consider risks of social investment, think tank says | Third Sector

Charities must be careful to use social investment wisely or risk damaging a young market, a guide from New Philanthropy Capital has said. Best to Borrow? A Charity Guide to Social Investment is intended to help charities evaluate the opportunities and risks in taking on social investment. It says charities have already taken on more [Read more]

Radical new package to support business and promote growth – The Conservative Party

The Government are taking action to streamline the bidding process which will remove the barriers that stop SMEs, the voluntary and community sector and social enterprise organisations from participating in the public sector marketplace. These include: Committing to getting all but the most complex procurement turnarounds to within 120 working days – a 40 per [Read more]

Inclusion and Chris Melvin launch new venture, PublicCo | Indus Delta

The Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion and Chris Melvin are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new joint venture – PublicCo. PublicCo has been formed to improve the delivery, development and commissioning of public services, including those that are contracted out to the private and voluntary sector. via Inclusion and Chris Melvin [Read more]

Uncorrected Evidence – Smaller Government: Bigger Society?

Q591 Charlie Elphicke: I completely agree with the central point that we have moved beyond binary choice-sometimes I agree too strongly. How can mutuals, social enterprises and charities effectively compete for public services, assets and so on with the private sector on a completely level playing field so they get a fair crack of the [Read more]

PBR – high hopes, big questions | RSA – Matthew Taylor’s blog

Along with localism, payment by results (PBR) is one of the Coalition’s big ideas for public service reform. It is the main form of commissioning in employment services, and will become a very significant part of the way other services are procured and delivered including probation, prison rehabilitation and drug treatment and recovery. There has [Read more]