I recently led a piece of research into the impact of a pilot service that tried to help some of the most vulnerable individuals in society. The service was delivered by a charity, with funding from central government, and was designed to get a better deal for individuals who needed support from a number of local public agencies. I say ‘was’ delivered and ‘was’ designed because, like many other valuable and valued initiatives, the service closes this month as a direct result of departmental spending cuts. The deletion of the service will reduce the support available to some very needy people, and put a group of qualified and dedicated professionals out of work. I worry about both of these groups. But this isn’t a straightforward story about the nasty coalition bashing public services and persecuting the poor. The research revealed as much as about the need to reform local public … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John P. Houghton is a freelance public policy consultant.
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