John Tizard is an advisor and commentator on public policy and public services
Genuine community power derives from and requires a strong state
The voluntary and community sector (VCS) should never allow itself to become a surrogate for councils or any other part of the public sector, argues John Tizard.
Nurturing a close community partnership
Community solidarity and social activism should not be seen as a willingness by the voluntary and community sector to step in where the State should act and provide, says John Tizard.
Councils must challenge Government fearlessly for pandemic cash
Local government needs to reach out to others to support a campaign for Government to meet its duty to fund local authority shortfalls, says John Tizard.
Shaping the future after the pandemic
John Tizard argues that during this emergency the sector has stepped up – and the COVID-19 crisis must be a catalyst for ‘a renaissance in local government’.
A wealth of benefits
Community Wealth Building is too commonly seen as ‘local procurement’, but this seriously misses its breadth and potential impact, believes John Tizard.
Social action - core to community wellbeing
John Tizard explains how local authorities can rebuild and transform relations with the voluntary and community sector.
Local government must surely be up for a shift to insourcing
Labour has published a plan for ‘21st century insourcing’. John Tizard says the party is 'not simply arguing for a return to the early 1970s' - 'rather they want to reset the dial’ so that public services are more democratic and accountable.
What should ex-councillors do next?
John Tizard says those staring into the future after losing their council seats should take time to ‘recover and reflect’, and there will always be ways they can use their ‘experience, knowledge, networks and political antennae’
Public audit will soon need a spring clean
John Tizard and David Walker make the case for a new way of auditing how public money is spent that uses evidence before spending decisions are made - and includes a new office of the '3Es' (efficiency, effectiveness and equity).
Let’s rebuild support for our voluntary bodies
Something is not right in the state of the relationship between local government and the voluntary and community sector – yet the importance of a productive collaboration has never been greater, argues chair of NAVCA John Tizard.
Why ‘good’ consultation is key
The importance of public consultation, especially in the local government arena, can not be underestimated – but it often is. Politicians on a national and local level can survive or fail based on the effectiveness of this process, as John Tizard explains.
The contracting conundrum
Time will tell if outsourcing has had its day as a significant money saving option for the sector. John Tizard and David Walker assess the landscape after this week’s elections.
Carillion: Companies can go bust, councils cannot
After the fall of Carillion, and with social care providers on the brink, John Tizard and David Walker demand a reflection on where the last 30 years of competitive tendering has brought us.
Reach out for long-term relationships
Local authorities should value and want to seek close relationships with their local voluntary and community sector, but this requires a commitment to developing long-term relationships from both sectors, as John Tizard explains.
Let’s take stock
John Tizard pauses to ponder a few of the fundamental questions facing leaders during this important period for the sector.
A champion of the sector
John Tizard reflects on the life of former emeritus professor of government at the London School of Economics – and regular The MJ contributor – George Jones.
The foundation for a new people-centric outlook
Reviewing a book, John Tizard explains why public services cannot be modelled on the business sector, but should be responsive to service users and communities.
The voluntary and community sector are our natural allies
Local authority leaders should foster and develop strong relations with the local voluntary and community sector, writes John Tizard.
A Christmas wish... or two
Full of festive goodwill to all local authorities, John Tizard outlines his Christmas wishes councils and urges them to speak up for democracy
Do councils have a future in education?
Schools form a crucial part of local services and are at the heart of the economic growth agenda so local government must continue to press for greater control through devolution, writes John Tizard