The White Paper Open Public Services has outlined a bold blueprint for the modernisation of our public services. One the key principles is to shift power away from Whitehall to the local level – giving communities, citizens, and independent providers the opportunity to shape services that best meet their needs. By opening up services to a range of providers the government aims to raise quality through competition and increase choice. How can we ensure that public sector reform benefits service users, ensuring fair access and accountability, and offers value for money to the taxpayer?
The reforms offer communities, neighbourhoods, mutuals and new service providers an active part in shaping our services. Adding to the complexity of delivering this change are the spending cuts. Local authorities must redesign service provision at pace and, importantly, deliver successful outcomes. Join us at Public Sector Reform where key speakers will outline how local authorities can put the policy into practice.