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Proposition 1, facilitated by David Clark, director of SOLACE Enterprises Ltd

“The times are changing: The disarray of national finances and a domestic focus on market-led/ voluntary/mutual/third sector service delivery combine to create an irresistible force for change. The cliché of “more for less” has been replaced with an imperative to do different things or to get someone else to do things for you.

“As leaders of public service organisations, chief executives and other senior staff, we are responsible for managing this change. This will require the re-designing of services around changing perceptions of need, greater involvement of citizens and users as recipients, suppliers and co-producers as well as new and radical approaches to commissioning.

“The discussion will consider these issues and explore the opportunities offered by new different approaches such as sharing, outsourcing, social enterprise, and mutuals.”

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Making partnerships work for all involved

Blog by Bridget Taylor , Director of Strategy and Engagement, BT Local and Devolved Government As the seasons change and autumn approaches, most councils begin the annual round of budget setting where options for reducing services are weighed against each other … Continue reading

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How fundamental will change really be?

By Michael Burton, editor of The MJ I have been covering the local government sector for a quarter of a century and while I have seen immense change I have also encountered much that has not changed, not least at … Continue reading

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Community Ownership: A risk worth taking

Blog post by Graeme McDonald, Director of Policy and Communications, SOLACE Community ownership is heralded as one of the big ideas for the future. Public services owned and delivered by the community can be more responsive, provide greater choice and offer … Continue reading

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The times are changing, but are we keeping pace?

Blog post by Anne Torry, Managing Director, Zurich Municipal David is absolutely right: these times are changing, faster and more fundamentally than ever before. Having led a large organisation through a major transformation change programme I can well appreciate the … Continue reading

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The times are changing: starting the debate

“We cannot go on like this anymore!” “We need to fundamentally change; salami slicing budgets is of no use”. These are the battle cries across local government land. Many authorities, whilst applying large budget reductions are attempting fundamental service re-designs as major … Continue reading

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Proposition 1: The times are changing

Proposition facilitator: David Clark, Director, SOLACE Enterprises Ltd The disarray of national finances and a domestic focus on market-led/ voluntary/mutual/third sector service delivery combine to create an irresistible force for change. The cliché of “more for less” has been replaced … Continue reading

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