Dan Corry

Dan Corry

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
  • The problem with averages

    30 August 2020

    In the aftermath of the exams disaster it should sound obvious that the individual matters, says Dan Corry – but it is a point missed out far too often in policy analysis.


  • Keeping positive outside crisis time

    28 July 2020

    The better nature of people has come to the fore during the recent pandemic, but how do we keep the momentum going in more ‘normal’ times? Dan Corry poses the question.


  • Overcoming the unemployment mountain

    23 June 2020

    The avalanche of unemployment that is soon to hit us needs to soar up the agenda, says Dan Corry. Here he outlines solutions that can help us avoid the worst outcomes.


  • Why localism is needed for behaviour change

    20 May 2020

    Councils can be key – as can local community groups and charities – in setting social norms that people will want to follow, says Dan Corry.


  • The exit strategy is crucial

    15 April 2020

    How to withdraw from the special and unprecedented COVID-19 emergency measures is a really complex task for policy makers – but it matters to the rest of us too, including councils, says Dan Corry.


  • To co-ordinate or not?

    11 March 2020

    Dan Corry asks if the familiar struggle between Downing Street neighbours tells us something about other attempts in the public and social sectors to co-ordinate work.


  • Build on the social aspect of towns

    05 February 2020

    Much of the discussion about ‘levelling up’ towns has been about physical infrastructure, but as Dan Corry explains, the lesson of the past is that the social side must be taken into account.


  • Breaking down that segregation (a little)

    12 December 2019

    It has not been the best advertisement for our democracy and most people will be glad it’s all over, writes Dan Corry. So why does he think the General Election process always does some good?


  • Do we all hate each other?

    01 October 2019

    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?

    20 August 2019

    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

    12 June 2019

    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

    08 May 2019

    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

    02 April 2019

    There are lessons to be learned from the Troubled Families experiment, as Dan Corry outlines


  • Where are we on health?

    27 February 2019

    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’

    23 January 2019

    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?

    28 November 2018

    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

    24 October 2018

    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

    15 August 2018

    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

    18 July 2018

    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?

    13 June 2018

    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.