Policy Commission explores how public service relationships will need to be redesigned to meet future needs

The University of Birmingham and Demos Policy Commission on 'The future of local public services in a 'big society'' held its first workshop on Thursday 27 January 2011 at the Demos offices in London.

The workshop brought the commissioners together with other experts from academia, policy and practice to examine how public service relationships can be redesigned to meet the appetite for civic activism whilst also safeguarding the delivery of effective public services, in the context of significantly reduced public spending. It explored the changed and changing relationships between public service professionals, politicians and ‘publics’, and the organisational forms that support those relationships, considered the potential for new kinds of collaboration between public, private and third sector bodies, and discussed the risks and challenges associated with a redesigned public service system.

A full report of the workshop is available on the Policy Commission website.

The Policy Commission's next workshop on Thursday 17 February will focus on behavior change in local public services. If you would like to make a contribution to this workshop or to the commission’s work more widely please get in touch with Professor Helen Sullivan who is leading this Policy Commission for the University.

Contact h.c.sullivan@bham.ac.uk or Audrey Nganwa a.nganwa@bham.ac.uk