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1st November 2017

Vive la devolution: devolved public-services commissioning

The way public services are commissioned is fundamental to their success. Commissioning is the design, procurement (where there is a purchaser-provider split) and evaluation of public services. In many cases, in healthcare, employment services and offender-management programmes, this split exists, but the commissioning structures are not in place to achieve value for money for the over £335 billion spent each year on public services.

5th September 2017

Joining the elite: how top universities can enhance social mobility

Recent increases in the number of students going to university have been celebrated widely, and are a sign that more opportunities are becoming available to young people from less advantaged backgrounds. Still, large gaps remain between socioeconomic groups, and have shown no signs of decreasing. The gaps only grow when looking at the most selective universities

23rd August 2017

Bobbies on the net: a police workforce for the digital age

As crime changes, police forces must respond. Technological developments in recent decades – most notably the growth of the internet – have digitised traditional forms of crime, providing new opportunities for fraudsters, sex offenders and drug dealers. Technology also creates a new frontline of crime, which previously would not have existed. The implications of the fourth industrial revolution are yet to be fully understood. Today, almost half of crime relies on digital technology, and that is likely to rise.

20th July 2017

Social care: a prefunded solution

As the UK population ages, the cost of publicly funded social care in the UK is projected to rise from 1.0 per cent of GDP (£19.0 billion) today to more than 2.0 per cent of GDP (£40.1 billion) in 2066-67. It is this threat to the UK’s long-term public finances that led to the Conservative party manifesto commitment that “…those who can should rightly contribute to their care from savings and accumulated wealth” through the introduction of a “single capital floor, set at £100,000”. Dubbed the ‘dementia tax’ during the campaign, it is not yet clear whether the manifesto proposals will in fact be dropped.

18th July 2017

Gainful gigging: employment services for the platform economy

Growth in digital access and literacy and the emergence of online labour platforms have made it much easier and cheaper for individuals to negotiate short-term employment agreements.

This has encouraged a growing number of people to take up flexible freelance projects or ‘gigs’ via online platforms. Such platforms have expanded rapidly in recent years, and growth trends suggest this is likely to continue.

29th June 2017

The future of public services: digital borders

Today’s report, 'The future of public services: digital borders', identifies opportunities for new technology to improve the security and efficiency of the UK border for trade and passengers alike. This paper is the sixth in a series, conducted in partnership with Accenture, looking at the transformative role technology will play in the future delivery of public services.