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Are Police and Crime Commissioners a good idea?

00000Until a month or so ago, not many people had a view on whether the new Police and Crime Commissioners will be a success – for the simple reason that most people didn’t know anything about them. Now, with just over three weeks to go to the election on 15 November, there has been a surge in publicity. The Home Office has launched its controversial TV advert: The Prime Minister mentioned them at length in …

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Payment by Results is a risky business

00000This is the second in a series of posts about the five principles of PbR commissioning set out in a recent Audit Commission report.   Principle 2: Understanding risks and accountability One of the principal reasons that the Government (particularly the Treasury) is so keen on the PbR approach is because of the transfer of financial risk away from the public purse. The Audit Commission report helpfully makes it clear that it is not possible …

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