Author Archives: Maggie

What’s in Store for 2015

2015 and the years to follow will be the most challenging for the public sector. Austerity has resulted in local government being at the forefront of the government’s budget reduction programme and, for those of us who admire and support the benefits local authorities bring to all communities across the country, it is a depressing prospect. And even where there will be growth in available resources – adult social care…

What’s in Store for 2012?

The New Year starts with the Prime Minister warning of “worse to come” with respect to the UK economy. For those who work with and for public sector organisations we know ‘how bad it is’ and we know we are nowhere near the bottom of the public sector consultancy economic cycle! Times have been hard and they are going to be even harder over the next 2/3 years but, as…

Health as We Know it? Or will it be?

It’s back to the Committee stages with the scrutiny of 160 government-inspired amendments to the original Health and Social Care Bill. But will it make any difference? I think it will, even if it is not possible to be certain exactly what some of the amendments mean or what might emerge out of this scrutiny phase before it returns to its Report Stage and its Third Reading in September.
There is…

Budget June 2010

Ouch!  Well, here it is and, in many respects, no surprises.  And despite the fact we knew it was coming it still comes as quite a shock – and so it should.  Without being apocalyptic, it really could see the end of the state as we know it.  The private sector takes us to the brink of collapse and the solution is – more of the private sector!  The public…

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