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Health and social care; shifting markets, models and money.

It’s often said that the greatest gift you can possess in life is good health. Many of us take our health for granted, that is until something creeps up on us or worse, hits us out of the blue. It might not be our own health that is affected but someone close to us...

Why we all need to improve our community engagement

As public finances shrink beyond recognition, local decision-making increases and each sector has to prove its social purpose, many of us will need to turn our minds to how we tackle our day jobs differently. Regardless of whether this is about achieving better health...

How the community sector can restore trust in democracy

On Monday, I was proud to see the launch of CDF’s latest research which illustrates just how fundamental the community sector is for grassroots engagement with politics. Although the report picked up some concerning issues about how much trust in national political...

What do we mean by service delivery?

The narrowness of the debate around service delivery has excluded the argument and evidence for addressing the issue of cuts and delivering multiple services in a cost effective way, by reviewing what we mean by ‘service delivery’. Between 2008 – 2011 CDF managed the...