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As we move rapidly towards the next general election, all eyes are on ideas that will emerge to deliver good growth, reform government and public services and help lift standards of living. Our blog explores the most pressing challenges being faced in the public sector today, towards 2015 and beyond.

23 October 2014

The Five Year Forward View: a new era for the NHS?

By Dean Arnold and Tim Wilson Today’s announcement of the NHS Five Year Forward View signals the boldest change to the NHS since 1948. If adopted it will not only fundamentally transform the way care is delivered but also radically change our approach to prevention and wellness. Too often the...

Delivering good jobs: focus on mental health

By Katie Hill and Ben Jones 1 in 6 British workers experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression in any given year. 1 in 6 people reading this blog knows what this means for them, their family, their friends, their colleagues, and their employer. 9 in 10 people who...

20 October 2014

Lyons Housing Review: Housing a nation

By Richard Parker The recent publication of the Lyons Housing Review brings home once again the stark reality of the UK’s housing challenge. A look back over historic data on new builds demonstrates just how challenging the Review’s target of at least 200,000 completions a year by 2020 is, with...

16 October 2014

New York Climate Summit – what did it deliver and what’s next?

By Sam Bickersteth Many people gathered and many words were spoken in New York last month on the topic of climate change but will it change anything? What will all the energy put into the marches, the speeches, the side events and networking actually achieve, particularly for the one hundred...

14 October 2014

2015 and beyond: time for bold thinking on the NHS

By Mehvash Noor-Jeelani and Richard Booth Ahead of next May’s general election, the future of the NHS will be one of the most important debates as the main parties outline differing views on what our health service should look like. While it seems clear that reform is needed, politicians’ rhetoric...

10 October 2014

Service shift: Citizens’ priorities for public service reform

By Paul Brewer Responsibility was the order of the day for our Citizens’ Jury at Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow this week. Our Jurors’ verdict was that the public, communities, businesses and government must all take more responsibility for better public services - to meet growing demand and budgetary...

07 October 2014

Difficult conversations on public spending

by Nick C Jones Whatever the outcome of the election next May, the government of the day will be committed to completing the job of eliminating the structural deficit by 2020. But with fiscal austerity to continue through the next Parliament, attention is turning to where the next round of...

03 October 2014

Conservative Party Conference: The public's views on good jobs

By Ian Tomlinson-Roe This week, our Citizens’ Jury at Conservative Party conference focused on the factors and features behind delivering good jobs - which are more rewarding and productive in all senses. Unsurprisingly the jury believes a happy satisfied workforce, based on mutual respect and loyalty on the side of...

30 September 2014

Who really has a good job?

By Nick C Jones Productivity, and its improvement, is the point where the debates on growth, living standards and deficit reduction converge. In the long run, living standards and productivity are closely linked. In the second of our Citizens’ Juries in our 2015 and beyond programme - at the Conservative...

26 September 2014

Where next for decentralisation in England?

By Nick C Jones In the wake of the Scottish vote, the ramifications for Scotland of devo-max are now to the fore. With the West Lothian and related ‘English’ questions now firmly on the agenda, how will the leaders in Westminster take up the challenge of decentralising further power and...