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
  • A strong civil society is vital for growth

    06 June 2023

    Civil society is part of the answer to local economic growth – and it needs support to play this role, says Dan Corry.

  • Are we back to 1992?

    21 February 2023

    The Prime Minister needs to get the Tory ship seaworthy for his election campaign, but is the 1992 playbook likely to work again, wonders Dan Corry.

  • Charities can’t do everything

    17 January 2023

    Responding to the scale of the crisis hitting Britain raises difficult issues for charities – and even when the sector is solvent, there is a limit to what they can do, says Dan Corry.

  • Towards balanced evaluation

    23 November 2022

    When measuring impact, the key is not to throw away all the top-down techniques, but to bring them together with bottom-up methods, says Dan Corry.

  • Policy trumps PR

    19 October 2022

    Dan Corry says the Prime Minister has perhaps now learned that if a policy is fundamentally poor, or does not chime with where the public are, then in the end you will be found out.

  • Moving from campaigning to governing

    13 September 2022

    Governing is an honour and a grind, and the next few months for new Prime Minister Liz Truss will be telling, says Dan Corry.

  • Prescribing health

    08 August 2022

    Dan Corry says if social prescribing is to take off and help transform the way we think about and ‘do’ health, local councils, the wider public sector and the charity sector will need to face up to the challenges.

  • Diversionary dodges

    05 July 2022

    Dan Corry looks at whether trying to make people talk about the things you want really works, but concludes that, eventually, you have to just sort out the issues that matter.

  • Why do we bother with elections?

    27 April 2022

    Forces beyond the control of the government of your country or local area will have a major role in determining what happens in your life, says Dan Corry. So why do we fight so hard for our right to cast our vote?

  • When crises hit

    22 March 2022

    We want to move fast in a crisis, but there are many dangers in dispensing with order and setting up something from scratch, warns Dan Corry.

  • The pitfalls of deregulation

    15 February 2022

    Dan Corry doubts that most of the British public will see much gain or even much change two years on from leaving the European Union

  • Getting a grip

    11 January 2022

    The Government is riven with confusion and incoherence, says Dan Corry. Here, he puts forward the three qualities that are fundamental to getting back on track.

  • Do U-turns work?

    17 November 2021

    Boris Johnson performed one of the quickest political U-turns we have ever seen over the Owen Paterson affair, but is this really a good way to do policy, asks Dan Corry.

  • Pursuing happiness

    12 October 2021

    At last, the Treasury wants us all to be happy, says Dan Corry. ‘A brilliant early sign that the Treasury means this is if the forthcoming and long-awaited multi-year Spending Review pushed these concepts hard’, he adds.

  • Doing the right thing

    02 August 2021

    Dan Corry says the ‘slow crumbling of standards may not matter if people overall like the government of the day and feel it is delivering for them’ – but it feels like something quite important is in danger of breaking in the system.

  • Is levelling up just a soundbite?

    30 June 2021

    A poll has named tackling homelessness, poverty, crime and unemployment as priorities for levelling up. But Dan Corry says these are not the problems ‘a new building or bridge or a tarted-up high street can solve’.

  • An own goal that proves the need for caution

    26 May 2021

    Pondering the wider lesson from the European Super League debacle and the creation of the Premier League, Dan Corry advises that if you let market forces into a system, you must make sure you know what you are doing.

  • Admit when you’re wrong

    20 April 2021

    If we know less and less about successes and failures because we allow denial of the truth and a refusal to admit mistakes, then we will be a weaker society for it, says Dan Corry.

  • We need to hear everyone’s voice

    16 March 2021

    Apparent attempts to stifle the voice of civil society are bad for all of us, says Dan Corry - and a plurality of voices is a key part of a healthy and thriving democracy.

  • Changing the boss?

    10 February 2021

    In some of the most successful businesses and local authorities, longevity seems to work, says Dan Corry, but perhaps we need at least a bit of the ‘fear of the chop’ to incentivise the right behaviours?