“I do not think; if I had written Beyond the Barriers that I would have devoted nine pages to the Work Programme. I would just have written, scrap it and recycle the money to use to better effect elsewhere. However, it is best I guess to not lightly dismiss it out of hand.” John D Turner offers up his reflections on the performance of the Work Programme.
Welfare reform: the evidence mounts
“There is little doubt that IDS’s pet project – welfare reform – is having a significant impact on the lives of some of the most disadvantaged members of our society.” Alex Marsh looks at the mounting evidence about the negative impact of welfare reform on people’s lives.Originally posted on Alex's Archives
Jobseekers required to do more to get Esther McVey cheap votes
“Another week and another pile of crap from Esther McVey on JSA claimant conditions.” Kate Belgrave argues that the bureaucratic nature of the welfare system creates opportunities to sanction jobseekers.Originally posted on Kate Belgrave
How to commission public services in 10 easy steps
“To justify spending a lot of money, you need a waffle-doc. Gather words from local consultations, surveys, strategies and reports and numbers from performance indicators, demographics and trends.” Freedom From Command And Control sets out 10 easy steps to commission public services.Originally posted on Freedom From Command And Control
Why wanting a better care.data is not luddite
“A piece at The Conversation makes the claim that opposing Care.Data and other elements of NHS digitisation is Luddite. Now seeing as many of the people raising issues with Care.Data are either computer types or research scientists this seems a particularly odd claim, but I thought it was worth replying to…” David Gillon looks at four reasons why wanting a better care.data is not luddite.Originally posted on Flat Out
Should “Emotional Cruelty” be a crime?
“…there is just no evidence that being punitive towards inadequate parents is likely to make any child safer. Indeed it might make them less safe.” Chris Mills considers the proposal for a new criminal offence of emotional abuse and neglect of children.Originally posted on Chris Mills Child Protection Blog
Yashika, UKIP and us….
“We’re complicit in this, and deeply. We’ve let it happen …as a nation, this seems to be the way we’re going, and what we seem to be accepting – and even applauding.” Paul Bernal connects the case of Yashika Bageerathi, the rise of UKIP, and popular views on immigration.Originally posted on Paul Bernal's Blog