Now Ministers must decide their priorities, and the Treasury must decide the financial constraints. Willing the end is insufficient without getting the detail right.
The Government has allowed this radical project to slip down their list of priorities. It must be restored.
We have reformed creatively without breaking the bank. How you spend money is as important as how much you spend.
It is entirely right that government should take risks – especially with the most innovative and groundbreaking voluntary organisations.
State-run healthcare is a key pillar of British life – but if the service wants to avoid the private sector, it needs to embrace fundamental reform.
Contentment with them appears to have risen at the same time as some of the biggest reductions in the rate of spending in modern times.
The Government has made great strides toward making the NHS truly accountable to patients, but can and must go further still.
Conventional courts focus on the crime being tried, when the real problem that needs to be addressed lies within the individual who committed it.
He will deliver about a quarter of this year’s spending scaleback. Why not let him co-plan the post-election spending review – and get yet more value for money?
Council staff need to meet residents to foster innovation rather than standardisation
The world’s most successful organisations spend a disproportionate amount of time and effort developing people. Our governments need to do the same.
Largely unnoticed, the Government has pushed through some of the most radical reforms to the police service for a generation.
Prisons are meant to be places of punishment – and if you count enforced, soul-destroying idleness as a punishment – then they are fulfilling this function
Provided, of course, that there aren’t good clinical or personal reasons for a delay. This is the new ambition that I’m setting for the NHS today.
The cuts will carry on through 2015 and beyond. If services such as the police are to flourish, they must deliver more for less.