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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 27 July 2011 - 11:14am

Either they have no shame or an odd sense of irony.

I pick up the Evening Standard on the tube and discover the following item.

DWP announced the latest figures on sickness benefit claimants who had been found " fit for work". Trumpeting the results they suggest that more than a million people on benefit are able to work. And yet again DWP fail to mention that 4 in 10 will succeed on appeal.

Steve Webb MP is quoted as saying the figures show many people are able to work with the right support.

But what does Steve Webb MP have to say on the main report today on this very issue?

What do DWP make of the select committee report ? It was not referred to in above press release, yet the release of these figures is one of the problems the Select Committee complain about.

Did officials not give Steve Webb MP this report? Had the press Department not spotted it?

The select committee found that the introduction of new medical ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 26 July 2011 - 3:41pm

I'm now on the train heading back from 2 days in Newcastle; visiting organisations that the Social Investment Business have made loans to and talking to ACEVO members( and seeing SIB staff in our Newcastle office.)

Newcastle is a great City. The georgian sweep of Grey St and Elgin Sq is one of the most magnificent street vistas in England. And the Tyne , which looked fantastic from the window off my hotel has those lovely bridges. As I'm old I remember that song by, who was it now? " Bridge on the tyne is all mine, all mine".

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 25 July 2011 - 11:01am

Yesterday's Observer had a letter from the CEO of the Disabled People's Council which highlights growing alarm in charities over the DWP's treatment of disabled people.

I have blogged before about how DWP press releases risk stereotyping disabled welfare claimants as scroungers. It releases statistics, with accompanying media spin, on how the tests highlight people whose applications for disabled benefit fail.

The DWP fail to also press release the fact that on appeal nearly 4 out of 10 applications succeed. That is shameful.

As the letter states ,

" This partial picture feeds the tabloid media's negative narrative on "benefits scroungers" and this in turn has an impact on employer's perception of disability and disabled people".

Charities are now reporting that attitudes to the disabled are deteriorating. DWP need to carefully examine their behaviour. And not just on press releases.

Charities are also concerned that the new medical ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 21 July 2011 - 10:00pm

An amazing launch of " the Right Time, Right Support" campaign at the Royal Festival Hall this morning . Joyce Moseley, in her last week as the dynamic and effective CEO of Catch 22 made a splash. And we even had HRH The Princess Royal there to get the campaign off to a great start.

As Joyce pointed out ; in their evaluated projects( which work to support young people in their families and communities and prevent admission to care) they save the State £10 for every £1 they spend.

The Princess Royal is Patron of Catch 22 and we all know in the sector she takes her role as a charity champion very seriously.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 21 July 2011 - 11:43am

Some months back I called for a tax on bankers bonuses to go to charity. At that time we were expecting a bonus pot of a mere £7 billion.

Well there was no bounds on the greed of the bankers. We now know it was £14 billion. And look how they snuck out the bad news . How they must be thanking the Murdochs.

It seems incredible how little they have learnt. We all remember Bob Diamond telling us all how "we need to move on". Well , the bankers cerainly have. Moved back to their irresponsible and greedy behaviour.

What a contrast to the news coming from the Horn of Africa. I was cheering when I heard The CEO of UNICEF an active ACEVO member calling for us to pay attention to the tragedy unfolding there. How many bankers used their bonuses to support good causes? Some undoubtedly did. I'm sure the majority did not.

So how about the British Bankers Association issuing an urgent appeal to their members to give to the DEC emergency appeal. See ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 19 July 2011 - 10:07am

I thought Today's Thought for the Day particularly apposite this morning. The Canon was commenting on today's appearance by the owners of the Evil Empire before the HoC Select Committee.

He pointed out that in the Jewish Calender the Day of Atonement follows the Day of Judgment. So for the Murdochs to appear contrite ( if they do that is ! )before the committee is not enough. There needs to be judgment.

So, we in the sector sit and watch with an element of satisfaction as the Mighty are brought humble and low. However can we be entirely self satisfied?

The recent Government White Paper " Open Public Services" raised the issue of accountability in delivery. As it stated, " providers must be held to account by commissioners and service users....we will ensure that, at both the national and local levels, Commissioning decisions and the performance of providers are transparent and open to public scrutiny".

This is an issue of importance where the sector ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 18 July 2011 - 5:07pm

The recent fast moving saga of the collapse of the Evil Empire has many lessons for anyone in a leadership role. Foremost amongst that must be how the leadership of an organisation - in our sector the Chair and CEO - have the prime duty to set the culture and tone of the organisation.

Is the culture dynamic, flexible , ethical, go getting and results focused? Or blame orientated, macho and results focused by any means fair or foul?

A recent book on Leadership is fascinating and worth a look. The Shift: the future of work is already here (Harper Collins). Lynda Grattan has been conducting research into 60 companies worldwide on challenges facing them in Globalisation , fast moving technology and society changes.

One of the key conclusions is the need for Leaders to build deep relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, to behave in an authentic manner and to collaborate.

The Shift describes 3 types of relationship working; those that connect to ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 18 July 2011 - 5:07pm

The recent fast moving saga of the collapse of the Evil Empire has many lessons for anyone in a leadership role. Foremost amongst that must be how the leadership of an organisation - in our sector the Chair and CEO - have the prime duty to set the culture and tone of the organisation.

Is the culture dynamic, flexible , ethical, go getting and results focused? Or blame orientated, macho and results focused by any means fair or foul?

A recent book on Leadership is fascinating and worth a look. The Shift: the future of work is already here (Harper Collins). Lynda Grattan has been conducting research into 60 companies worldwide on challenges facing them in Globalisation , fast moving technology and society changes.

One of the key conclusions is the need for Leaders to build deep relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, to behave in an authentic manner and to collaborate.

The Shift describes 3 types of relationship working; those that connect to ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 15 July 2011 - 10:53am

I have spent the week head burrowed in papers; Sun , Mirror, Express...the lot. And listening assiduously to Newsnight and Today. Getting briefings from the team on the euro and unemployment. The latest on the Evil Empire (Murdoch et al).

For I was to appear on that wonderful BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions tonight. In Coventry. But alas they phone me last night to say there is an NUJ strike so the programme will not go out today. So the British public are to be denied the pleasure of Bubb's views! And I was so looking forward to it!

Still , never mind I am to be rescheduled!

It meant for example that I only sipped my glass of rather flat bubbly at the Respublica summer launch last night. Wanted to be on my most alert for the public!

Philip Blond, the irrepresible force of nature was on top form. A little too top for us standing around listening it must be said. We also had Lord David Freud and Greg Clarke MP, both on form extolling the virtues of ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 14 July 2011 - 5:17pm

Well, it was full gear today as I made my way to St Paul's Cathedral to take my Vows as a Knight. You will be pleased to know that I have "promised and vowed that I will maintain and defend my duty to God and my neighbour". But in a way that is exactly what ACEVO exists to do as a charity promoting the leadership role of CEOs.

It was a stunning ceremony; complete with State Trumpeters and many people in robes and medals. As you can see The Bishop of London was at his splendid best.


A lunch reception afterwards at the Apothecary's Hall. I was there with my parents and my niece Miranda who, as you can see, is a dead ringer for Kate!

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