Received a phone call from a civil servant at the cabinet office today regarding our research publication 'Towards a future for public employment'. One of the Ministers had asked him to review the document and he was contacting me to emphasize how impressed he was with some of the key findings.
In particular he liked the notion of the public sector acting as a co-ordinator and catalyst for the joining up of skills development, training and employment within local communities. He also praised the best practice identified in terms of regeneration of cities such as Manchester and Newcastle, commenting on how the public sector had played the key role in leading and driving this change.
He said that our work would be used as part of the research basis which helps determine and drive cabinet office ideas and policy development.
High praise indeed!