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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 16 December 2011 - 11:08am

Well, it was a jolly affair! Our staff lunch was preceded by a Quiz on our membership and our sector and , because Seb Elsworth was organising it , geography !

The photos say it all ( whatever that is.... )

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 16 December 2011 - 10:19am

There was very good coverage in the Guardian on Wednesday 14th December of the Public Administration Select Committee’s (PASC) report on the government’s progress in implementing ‘big society’ policies.

Despite four ‘big society’ relaunches (and counting), the PASC was highly critical and said an overhaul of how the government communicates and implements ‘big society’ policies is essential.

It has called on the government to create a single ‘big society minister’ to lead on the ‘big society’ — or risk seeing it flop for a fifth time in a welter of confusing messages and contradictory policies.

For those wishing to follow the arguments in detail, the full PASC report is here and the PASC’s recommendations are summarised ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 16 December 2011 - 10:15am

The government has just closed its consultation on a mutual model for the Post Office.

There is some confusion in the commentary around this. The argument isn’t about a consumer mutual for the Post Office. Rather, it is whether there should be some representation alongside the small business sub-postmasters and staff.

The issue is in whose interest it is all run. Can a producer co-operative in a market which is non-competitive, so consumers have little or no choice, be 100% aligned with the public interest mission required by statute for the post office network? If you don’t internalise some voice for the consumer interest, even if indirectly representative, then you end up having to do it through external regulation or the courts.

Either route feels to me perhaps like a somewhat unhappy substitute for the current model of direct state ownership – but equally I am open-minded if this is the way, after deliberation, that those involved choose to go.

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On 16 December 2011 - 1:00am

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On 16 December 2011 - 1:00am

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On 16 December 2011 - 1:00am

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 December 2011 - 1:00am

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 December 2011 - 1:00am

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 16 December 2011 - 1:00am

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