“Is a Social Serco possible? Challenging the public sector monopoly on some public services has the potential to deliver better social impact. However, the difficulty in opening a public sector market to competition from other sectors is that market making is an inherent feature of the private sector.” Richard Johnson looks at what it might take to create a social equivalent of Serco.
Prevention is better than cure, so why does the DWP insist on creating a major problem that will cost more and cause homelessness?
“Prevention being better than cure is a view for which there is a general consensus. However, it seems that the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) doesn’t get it.” Andy Winter takes a look at the Universal Credit pilots and their impact on social landlords.Originally posted on Andy Winter's BHT Blog
Every child still matters; Communities still need cohesion
“As an educationalist, my expertise lies in my knowledge of teaching and learning and in working with teachers, students and parents on the core business of teaching and learning. But I am deeply aware that my responsibility as a Head goes far beyond that.” Tom Sherrington argues that the Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion frameworks remain as important as ever.Originally posted on headguruteacher
Notes on a scandal
“Shadowy darkness and secrecy will always provide good cover for criminal acts. Let’s now shine a light into the dark corners, give those who have reason to hide, nowhere to hide.” In the wake of the report into Rotherham, Cazzypot reflects on her own experience with vulnerable children in Birmingham.Originally posted on cazzypotsblog
Rotherham – a perfect storm
“What has come out in Rotherham is a microcosm of all that is concerning about child protection in the UK… [T]here are good pockets of work but as a service nationally we have failed and continue to fail our children.” The Secret Social Worker reflects on what we need to learn from Rotherham.Originally posted on Secret Social Worker
80% of GP practices have one or more GPs suffering from burnout
“This study has identified a crisis in General Practice. It is now a matter of urgency that the root causes of the crisis are identified and addressed.” Andrew McHugh considers the implications of a recent survey that reveals the stress and overwork being felt by GPs.Originally posted on pracmanhealth
#DWP apologies for the delay in your payment, #IDS does not care
“[T]he deliberate neglect of the state of the systems for paying JSA and ESA to existing recipients is making the lives of many of those people much harder… One might almost go as far as to say it is criminal negligence…” John D Turner examines how the introduction of Universal Credit might be affecting the payment of other crucial benefits.Originally posted on John D Turner