Filter By

Disraeli Room

The Ageing Time Bomb

As a woman born in 1967 I have a 16% probability of living until I am 100 according to latest research from the Office for National Statistics. Compare this to my mother, 30 years my senior, whose probability is just 6%. Whereas 26% of my daughter's peer group, 30 years younger, are likely to see their hundredth birthday. With each generation, the changing demographic due to ageing compounds the stresses on pension funding.

24
Big Society: The Brand vs. the Ideas

...In the short-term the Big Society failed to fill its political purpose – the Tories did not win an overall majority. The longer-term consequences are far more troubling. The emphasis that Cameron placed on the Big Society raised hopes across communities that they were to witness a golden age of localism and community empowerment. Sixteen months on, those hopes have been dashed by the complete failure of Cameron’s Government to live up to his rhetoric....

37
The Big Society and Localism - a Fabian perspective

The Big Society offers the potential for great social benefit. Yet coupled with an ideological commitment to localism at all costs and the deep public sector cuts, many of the positives are being undone.

77
How can we localize skills-driven growth strategies?

...In the West Midlands the Local Enterprise Partnerships will be a key vehicle in driving the local skills agenda forward. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) comprises the urban core of Birmingham and Solihull, the southern Staffordshire districts of Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire (based on Burton upon Trent), and the northern Worcestershire districts of Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest (based on Kidderminster). As a Core City LEP, with a population of 1.9m and a GVA of over £35bn (one third of the West Midlands total), the LEP has a particularly crucial role as an engine of growth both for Midlands and for

10
Homelessness Services: Empowering the community in our midst

In the first half to 2011 St Mungo’s carried out a piece of research looking at the Big Society and homelessness and what challenges and opportunities it presented for homeless people. What we found was widespread anxiety about the future of funding, concerns about some Government policies and an uncertainty about what localism would bring....

75
Local initiatives, local economies

The present state of the economy was going to be the main challenge for any government, of whatever political persuasion, and the same applies from a micro perspective to each and every constituency in the UK. My view is, a key priority for an MP should be to focus on the local economy and jobs then most of the other priorities will improve as they follow in the slip stream....

20
Responsive services for empowered communities

...Quite apart from resulting in services that don’t necessarily address the needs of a community, or a range of different agencies duplicating each other’s efforts, the paternalistic, ‘take it or leave it’ approach has had another devastating effect, framing communities and individuals as passive recipients rather than active shapers of services.......

13
From Buttonwood to Vickers and Back Again

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout summer and autumn 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas

17
The year the future started to fight back

This is a chapter from ResPublica's collection of essays, entitled "Changing the Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain". Throughout summer and autumn 2011, ResPublica will be publishing chapters from the collection on The Disraeli Room blog, encouraging other thinkers, politicians and members of the public to join the debate and contribute to the development of ideas...

34
Learning from 9/11

Instead of only asking one another where we were ten years ago, when Al-Qaeda attacked the USA, it is worth pondering the deeper question put by Archbishop Rowan Williams: ‘After the 11th, what are we prepared to learn?’...

19

Join ResPublica

Join the conversation

By becoming a ResPublica member, you will have the opportunity to make your own contribution to our work, with opportunities to interact with ResPublica’s policy team and some of the most influential thinkers in British politics and business. Join us here

Most Commented

Gas Is Our Ally: Why the gas revolution can help fight climate change

A high level event with the Minister for Energy, Rt Hon Greg Barker MP; 30th June 2014

81 By Editor

Latest From Twitter