Dan Corry is CEO of NPC, a think-tank and consultancy on third sector issues. He is a former Treasury and Downing Street economic adviser
Do we all hate each other?
Local government could teach Downing Street and Westminster a thing or two. It has always had to deal with people who disagree on issues and have different world views, writes Dan Corry.
Is insourcing the default?
The system needs recalibrating so there is a level playing field, rather than a major bias towards outsourcing in local government, argues Dan Corry.
It’s a good time to lobby
Dan Corry says that while the policy world is currently in something of a stasis lock, politically we’re seeing major realignments, with new battlefields – or at least new fronts – opening up everywhere.
Be a cautious revolutionary
Challenging existing policies and paradigms is something we should always want, argues Dan Corry. But he warns that being too enthusiastic to do away with what came before can have unintended consequences.
Troubled Families is not the Holy Grail
There are lessons to be learned from the Troubled Families experiment, as Dan Corry outlines
Where are we on health?
One big shift in the NHS Long Term Plan, even if not generously funded, is the full-on embracing of social prescribing, says Dan Corry. He believes it has the potential to have a big impact on people’s health.
Facing Brexit’s ‘unknown unknowns’
Much of the civil contingency expenditure in preparation for a no-deal Brexit may turn out to be totally unnecessary, but unlikely events do happen, argues Dan Corry
What should councils do?
Tough decisions will have to be made on budgets in town halls across the country, says Dan Corry – but his plea is to try to focus on providing the right culture for the longer-term.
Why civil society matters
A strong civil society is key to the social capital, as Dan Corry explains, and councils should ensure they are doing their best to support it.
Building a better sense of community
Dan Corry looks at the launch of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy and asks whether it can move us forward to create a society that works for the benefit of all communities.
Striking the right balance
Just as football fans are driven to distraction over inconsistent decisions by referees, so too is local government agitated by erratic verdicts on performance targets and Government interventions. Dan Corry suggests the right balance is an unattainable goal.
Does NCS deserve to survive?
In his first major speech about the voluntary sector given in London in May, secretary of state Matt Hancock lauded the National Citizen Service as a scheme that helps young people. Is he right? Dan Corry investigates.
Making social value commissioning work
Dan Corry is optimistic social value commissioning will provide a platform for local government to deliver better outcomes for its people, but there are many challenges that need to be addressed first.
Can charities bridge the health divide?
Dan Corry argues that local authorities can collaborate more closelywith the third sector to deliver better health services for their communities
Changing faces, not places
Theresa May’s recent reshuffle saw a changing cast of characters offering opportunities as well as hassle. As new ministers learn the ropes and old officials attempt to impress them, has anything really changed, asks Dan Corry.
Budget that gives no one any certainty
We don’t have a stable situation and things will have to change, writes Dan Corry, as he dissects the Budget and finds it hollow.
Should public services be taking risks to innovate?
Dan Corry argues local authorities and other public bodies should learn from the lessons of innovators in the third and private sectors, rather than necessarily taking the risks themselves.
Missing the bigger picture?
It’s easy to ignore major issues and focus on smaller things to do and improve. But, argues Dan Corry, in public services there comes a time when you can no longer ignore that fact that the system is not working.
The age of austerity isn’t over yet
Those who think the Government’s change of rhetoric on public funding spells a bold end to years of austerity should guess again, warns Dan Corry.
Are things getting too complex?
Over-complexity is making solutions more difficult to achieve, writes Dan Corry as he argues that keeping things simple just might be the key to solving many of today’s local authorities’ problems