Dan Corry
Dan joined NPC as Chief Executive in October 2011, following a varied career in public policy and economics. Dan was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010. He has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury and has worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department as well as at DTI and DCLG. Most recently he was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting.

In addition to working at senior levels of government, Dan ran the New Local Government Network think tank between 2002 and 2005

Entries by Dan Corry

The Show Must Go On

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 5:12 AM

Uncertainty is the bane of any decision-maker's life, but periods of uncertainty are also when we most need someone to make some decisions.

In our own personal lives, if we don't have a clue about how the future is going to pan out then it is a good excuse to...

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Helpful Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 6:38 AM

How can charities work better with the public sector? That's a question charities often ask - sometimes with an air of frustration as they see the people they care about getting a raw deal from central or local government. It is also a question good local authorities, health chiefs and...

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Dare to Be Different

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 5:05 AM

The May General Election debate surrounded the way the different parties might approach the public finances. There has always been disagreement on this topic but it was particularly fierce this time.

The Conservatives pushed hard that if people were not willing to sign up to their fiscal plans they were...

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A Data Revolution - Thwarted?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:11 AM

You might think that, with money tight, Whitehall would be interested in anything that helps the government do more with the resources they already have. That Ministers would jump at initiatives which will let them spend their money a bit better, on things that are tested and proven...

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Is Payment by Results Making Things Worse?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:21 AM

The way the public sector procures what it wants has been changing in recent times, and this looks set to continue. And this will affect organisations across the board, from charities to local authority commissioners.

Rather than pay a fee for the delivery of a service - an input -...

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Freedom of Choice?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:19 AM

As everyone knows, the budgets of local councils are being squeezed like never before. Recent analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, looking at what has happened over the years of the coalition, showed that on one definition grants from central government to local government have been cut...

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Signs of the Times

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Our mission here at NPC is to try and increase the impact that the not-for-profit sector achieves. And one of the most important things we have done in recent times has been to help the sector think through the way that demographic change, sweeping through our society and economy, will...

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Cutting Deep

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 7:12 AM

It's not often one can enjoy a great drama and at the same time get a fix of local government content.

But for a short while a play in London's theatreland gave both. Hope by Jack Thorne, which run over Christmas at the Royal Court Theatre, was not only a...

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A Dash for the Centre

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 4:18 AM

In most team sports you can do a lot of damage from the flanks. As every amateur football, rugby or hockey coach knows, if you get your right or left wing player to keep wide, and get behind the defence, you can open up the opposition. It's exciting, exhilarating, and...

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What Can We Learn From the Fate of Beat Bullying?

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 6:38 AM

If charities are going to be innovative, to try new things and to increase their scale, then sometimes things will go wrong--sometimes so badly that the charity collapses. That is always devastating for the staff and even worse for the beneficiaries who rely on them. In the event of the...

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Don't Go Breaking My Treasury

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:15 AM

Improve HM Treasury by all means, but don't imagine splitting the Exchequer into a finance and economic department is a cure all

Breaking up, so the song tell us is hard to do but it seems all the rage at the moment. Scotland has teetered on the brink while UKIP...

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Gave Us a Break!

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:06 AM

Council chief executives and hard-pressed local authority staff should bend it like Raheem and recharge their batteries rather than accept physical and emotional burnout.

Raheem Sterling drives strong emotions at the moment, but maybe he offers some guidance to the rest of us.

For those that don't know, he is...

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It Isn't Just Football Managers Who Obsess Over League Tables

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Roy Hodgson will be viewing league tables rather grumpily at the moment - especially the one with England rock bottom of World Cup Group H. Around the world people are measuring every permutation--Brazil fans panicking on Monday night as Mexico threatened to take top spot on goal difference, Italy and...

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Population Shift: Why NPC established the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 9:01 AM

The Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing this week left its first major mark--a paper we hope will change minds and provoke some serious debate.

Why on earth is NPC mixed up in all this you may ask? Aren't you the guys who go on...

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Mind the Gap: What the Public Thinks About Charities

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Today NPC publishes research with Ipsos MORI looking at the public's attitude to charities. There is a wealth of interesting material uncovered by the polling and set out in our report. But in thinking about the research a number of things have occurred to me that are particularly...

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Squeezing Public Sector Pay Can't Be Done for Too Much Longer

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:47 AM

The uptick in growth is real and brings a welcome increase in jobs in its wake.

Of course, growth is pretty anaemic compared with what we normally get after a massive downturn and, unlike many other countries, we are not yet back to the level of output before the crash.

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Clearing the Decks

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 11:47 AM

One of the smaller announcements that emerged in the middle of the festive season - when most things are missed by pundits and commentators enjoying their Christmas pudding - was that David Cameron has put out an order for the rush to new Garden Cities to be put on hold.

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The Pros and Cons of Social Investment So Far

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 5:58 AM

I was working as a special adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry at the beginning of the 2000s when Sir Ronald Cohen began pushing for what was eventually to become, in 2011, Big Society Capital (BSC), the world's first social investment institution.

BSC is now...

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State and Market: Will the Autumn Statement Help Clear Up Current Confusion?

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 3:19 AM

Recent events in British politics have shown how confused our public is on the issue of the role of the state versus that of the market and indeed of society, something that political leaders and officials at local and national level probably experience every day.

On the one hand people...

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Funding Impact

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 11:55 AM

Funders in the charitable sector give their money to good causes, so it can seem churlish to say that they need to think more about the impact of their giving. But surely this is true. The way in which funders support their chosen cause can mean they have a lesser...

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