Public Services Reform: Shared Services, Outsourcing and Mutualisation?

Looking back this is worth a read. It’s one of our most popular blogs.

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Originally, scheduled for January, the Cabinet Office has now delayed the publication of the Public ServicesWhite Paper until after the local elections in May.

It seems that the White Paper will “expand employee ownership of public services by increasing the number of new structures including co-operatives, mutuals and spinouts, and provide details of how to establish a right to mutualise.”

This is the first of a series of blogs which will look critically at the Government’s Public Services Reform.

Over the last couple of months, this blog has taken a hard look at Shared Services in the Public Sector. Themes have included:

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Income inequality: Who exactly are the 1%? | The Economist

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropo...

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropolitan areas of the United States. Mortality is correlated with both income and inequality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mind the income gap

Mind the income gap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought that this was an excellent article. I recommend that you check it out!

Income inequality: Who exactly are the 1%? | The Economist.

The article is very well researched and shows considerable insight into the changing nature of the top 1% in the US.

Most significant in the top 1% is the rise in representation by the financial community, especially investment bankers and hedge fund managers. For me, what was most alarming was that in the UK, the weighting of the financial community in the 1% was even greater.

I would expect that the 1% often support right of centre politicians who favour austerity, lower taxes and smaller government. This is potentially cataphrophic for the 99% who want more growth and not austerity.