The Challenge of National Regeneration: Securing our Future
An exclusive interview with Richard McCarthy Director General of Programmes, Policy and Innovation Department for Communities and Local Government
GeneralMisconceptions of working in the public sector
Anyone working in the public sector will tell you it is going through a period of change. A focus on efficiency gains, new organisations and change management programmes are all having an impact on the sector. But what does this mean for the public sector as an employer and, more importantly what is the impact on the sector's ability to recruit?
EducationSchool Food Trust
Standards already established by the School Food Trust require school meals to remove confectionery, unhealthy savoury snacks like crisps and manufactured meat products; in come new healthier menus containing two portions of fruit and vegetables a day.”
EnvironmentPartnerships for renewables
As climate change continues to shoot up the national agenda, it is vital that public sector bodies take steps to implement good carbon management at every level of their organisation.
HealthThe Planning White Paper
Keeping sustainability high up the agenda through the planning and delivery process is hugely important because in theory, initiatives like PFI and LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) should be able to deliver high quality, sustainable healthcare services. In practice the evidence is patchy and this needs to change." Martin Hunt, Forum for the Future Martin Hunt Head of the Built Environment | Forum for the Future
TransportThe price is right, Road pricing and rights of way: winning the argument
The draft Local Transport Bill offers a welcome package of improvements. Its tone and emphasis are consistent with the devolutionary vision of Sir Michael Lyons' review of local government, the 2006 Local Government White Paper and Sir Rod Eddington's Transport Study. The Bill also sits comfortably with the Government's sub-national review, which identifies transport as a key place-shaping tool for local authorities.
CultureWorld-class from the grassroots up
Six years ago I was on the board of the Young Vic. The new artistic director, David Lan, came to us with a choice. We could cut back the number of our productions, and stage more visiting shows. Or we could increase our own productions to six that year, but set a deficit budget of about £300k, and try to fundraise the rest. The board took the risk, and today the Young Vic is one of London's great success stories - inventive, inclusive and world-class.