The Think Tank Round-Up is a short summary of recent reports of interest to local government and the wider public sector, put together by members of the policy team at Oxfordshire County Council.
This edition covers the first four months of 2016, and includes:
* The Institute for Government on "Making Devolution Deals Work"
* The LGA on behavioural insights in health, and digital transformation
* Policy Exchange on "Smart Devolution"
* The NLGN Commission on Place-Based Health
* The RSA on localism and devolution, including the Wiltshire experience
* Nesta on "Connected Councils"
...and many more, as they say.
Do drop me a line if you see (or indeed produce) other reports you think it would be worth summarising and circulating.
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Centre Forum, May 2014
Written by the government's independent reviewer of public services David Boyle, this report sets out ways that 'co-production' of services can be applied more widely in health, housing, social care, and other contexts.
The King's Fund, May 2014
An interesting report, aimed at encouraging the NHS and Public Health England to adopt the PAM (Patient Activation Measure) to better tailor their message to individuals and achieve better outcomes.
Stategic Society Centre, May 2014
Since Budget 2014 scrapped the 'annuities deal' for 'defined contribution' pension saving in the UK, removing an obligation to turn tax-advantaged pension savings into a secure pension income, there has been concern about the ability or willingness of retirees to allocate their lump sum in a way that provides for the full length of their retirement.
IPPR, June 2014
In the current parliament, 95% of government spending on housing is paid out in housing benefit, with only 5% invested in new homes, and the housing benefit bill is set to grow with 150,000 more claimants by 2019 who are in work, but still unable to pay their rent without a subsidy.
New Local Government Network, March 2014
Written in association with Telefonica O2, this report highlights that whilst local government has embraced the theory behind digitisation, the same sorts of barriers to any sort of transformation have delayed implementation; skills shortages, risk aversion, and lack of clear leadership and co-ordination.
The King's Fund, April 2014
The independent commission published its interim conclusion that the post war settlement of separate systems for health and social care is no longer fit for purpose and calls for opinions on its proposals for change before publishing its final report in September 2014.