How We Lost Sight of the Point of Public Services

March 2, 2023   By Alex Fox OBE and Prof Chris Fox

Eighty years ago, in laying out the foundations of modern public services, Beveridge set out to slay the “Giants” of Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. With today’s public services in crisis and those giants unslain, or even returning from the dead, it can feel like public services have lost their direction and people are losing faith.

In the first instalment of our New Thinking series, Alex Fox,  chief executive of Mayday Trust, and Chris Fox, Professor of Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Manchester Metropolitan University, examine the state of public services in the UK, and make the case for whole system reform, moving towards strengths-based and relational services.

March 2, 2023
Authored by

Alex Fox OBE and Prof Chris Fox
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