Policy Context for the
Third Sector: Future
Directions
Christopher Stone
July2013
CPD – Public Sector
Research Program
7 October 2013 2Centre for Policy Development
http://cpd.org.au
What is Big Society?
• Manifesto of UK PM David
Cameron, based on ideas of think
tank director Phillip Blond
• More with l...
Big Society in Australia?
‚securing our future depends more
on strong citizens than on big
government‛
‚you can’t have str...
Transferable lessons?
• There are difference between
Australia and the UK:
–Federal system
–% government spending
–Governm...
Comparison: Outsourcing
employment services
Australia
• Full introduction
1998
• Systemic
problems:
– Outcome measure
focu...
An update: The Work
Programme
• 7/10 charities may have to pull out
• Almost half said contracts "at risk
of failure"
• Al...
Public sector cuts in the UK
Public sector
spending
Welfare
Legal aid
Communities
department
New public
housing
Higher
edu...
Public Service job cuts in
Australia
Fede
ra
l
NSW
Qld
SA
Vic
Tas
4,200
15,000
14,000
5,100
4,200
2,000
7 October 2013 Cen...
An update: UK public
services cuts 2010-12
Social housing
development
Religious and
community services
Community
developme...
An update: Qld public
services cuts
• Housing, social welfare and other
community services
• Dept of Communities, Child Sa...
The future? Community
sector impacts
In the UK:
• £5 billion funding cut to sector
(2012-2014)
• 2,000 charities affected ...
An update: UK community
sector impacts
Recent survey of charities involved in
commissioning
• Bidding process unfair to ch...
The future? Corporate
scandals
• Southern Cross aged care: £600
million profit before collapsed
leaving 30,000 people at r...
An update: More scandals
• Serco:
–Pathology: significant drop in
quality
–False performance data on after-
hours GPs (252...
The future? Local service
cuts
Local libraries in UK:
• Over 100 closed
• 600 (20%) under threat of closure
or transfer to...
Neat, plausible, and wrong
• Alternatives to Big Society? Or
salvageable elements?
• Getting beyond rules of thumb
7 Octob...
The need for sector
diversity
• Have different strengths
• Do different jobs
• Provide different broader
advantages
7 Octo...
Different strengths
• Productivity Commission ‘Public and
Private Hospitals’
7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development ...
Different jobs
• Christopher Stone, ‘Valuing skills:
Why Vocational Training Matters’
7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Dev...
Different broader
advantages
• Example: Tim
Roxburgh, ‘Public
works need public
sector skills: The lost
lessons of the BER...
The Question of: ‘Who does
what?’
• No one-size-fits-all solution
• Sectors have different advantages
in different circums...
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  1. 1. Policy Context for the Third Sector: Future Directions Christopher Stone July2013
  2. 2. CPD – Public Sector Research Program 7 October 2013 2Centre for Policy Development http://cpd.org.au
  3. 3. What is Big Society? • Manifesto of UK PM David Cameron, based on ideas of think tank director Phillip Blond • More with less? 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 3
  4. 4. Big Society in Australia? ‚securing our future depends more on strong citizens than on big government‛ ‚you can’t have stronger communities without a stronger economy to sustain them and you can’t have a stronger economy without7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 4 ‚community controlled public schools and public hospitals‛
  5. 5. Transferable lessons? • There are difference between Australia and the UK: –Federal system –% government spending –Government debt 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 5
  6. 6. Comparison: Outsourcing employment services Australia • Full introduction 1998 • Systemic problems: – Outcome measure focus – Tight margins – Perverse outcomes – Fraudulent reporting – Failing the UK • Full introduction 2011 • Systemic problems: – Outcome measure focus – Tight margins – Perverse outcomes – Fraudulent reporting – Failing the 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 6
  7. 7. An update: The Work Programme • 7/10 charities may have to pull out • Almost half said contracts "at risk of failure" • Almost half dipped into their financial reserves (NCVO ‘The Work Programme: Perceptions and experiences of the voluntary sector’) 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 7
  8. 8. Public sector cuts in the UK Public sector spending Welfare Legal aid Communities department New public housing Higher education Local government Police Average £81 billion £7 billion £350 million 66% 60% 40% 27% 20% 19% 10-20% 240,000 (2011) 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 8
  9. 9. Public Service job cuts in Australia Fede ra l NSW Qld SA Vic Tas 4,200 15,000 14,000 5,100 4,200 2,000 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 9
  10. 10. An update: UK public services cuts 2010-12 Social housing development Religious and community services Community development Central and other health services Family and children social services -52.1% -35.1% -25.8% -25.6% -14.7% 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 10
  11. 11. An update: Qld public services cuts • Housing, social welfare and other community services • Dept of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services • Child safety and social inclusion services • Alcohol reform programs • Financial crisis emergency relief • Community Development Program • Neighbourhood Centre, Youth at Risk7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 11
  12. 12. The future? Community sector impacts In the UK: • £5 billion funding cut to sector (2012-2014) • 2,000 charities affected by £110 million cut in 2011 • Community sector employment fell by 70,000 (9%) • Impacts on NFP working conditions • Silencing or diminishing of NFP’s7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 12
  13. 13. An update: UK community sector impacts Recent survey of charities involved in commissioning • Bidding process unfair to charities • Over 90% faced more risk under new commissioning process • Only 41% had good relationship with corporate lead provider –(80% when the lead provider was a charity) 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 13
  14. 14. The future? Corporate scandals • Southern Cross aged care: £600 million profit before collapsed leaving 30,000 people at risk • A4e: fraud inquiry, targets not met, chair paid £8 million • G4S: promised 12,000 Olympic security guards, provided 7,000, army called in 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 14
  15. 15. An update: More scandals • Serco: –Pathology: significant drop in quality –False performance data on after- hours GPs (252 times) –Bins uncollected for weeks • G4S: –Failures on re-housing of refugees –And increased racism and7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 15
  16. 16. The future? Local service cuts Local libraries in UK: • Over 100 closed • 600 (20%) under threat of closure or transfer to community • Legal challenge over ability of untrained volunteers to run • Cuts to hours, services and staff in remaining7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 16
  17. 17. Neat, plausible, and wrong • Alternatives to Big Society? Or salvageable elements? • Getting beyond rules of thumb 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 17
  18. 18. The need for sector diversity • Have different strengths • Do different jobs • Provide different broader advantages 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 18
  19. 19. Different strengths • Productivity Commission ‘Public and Private Hospitals’ 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 19
  20. 20. Different jobs • Christopher Stone, ‘Valuing skills: Why Vocational Training Matters’ 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 20 TAFE dominated industry training % market share Mining 97.8 Information Media and Telecommunications 94.3 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 83.0 Construction 78.1 Private college dominated training % market share Wholesale Trade 77.0 Retail Trade 74.4
  21. 21. Different broader advantages • Example: Tim Roxburgh, ‘Public works need public sector skills: The lost lessons of the BER program’ • Example: ABC Childcare receivership 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 21
  22. 22. The Question of: ‘Who does what?’ • No one-size-fits-all solution • Sectors have different advantages in different circumstances • Need to go beyond sectors 7 October 2013 Centre for Policy Development 22

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