University of Birmingham Policy Commission publishes report on the future of local public services
The Policy Commission considered the future of local public services in the context of the coalition Government's Big Society initiative. It brought together evidence of past attempts at reform with new research and thinking to generate policy options for the future of local public services. Guided by expert Commissioners from academia, policy and practice, and delivered in collaboration with Demos, the Commission focused on what local state, civic and private actors can do to meet the challenges of designing and delivering local public services in a society that supports individual and collective efficacy, social justice and local democracy.
The report "When Tomorrow Comes - The Future of Local Public Services" proposes a new system of Local Public Support to replace the fragmented public service arrangements currently in place. This system of Local Public Support is based on ten core elements which can be adapted to fit the diverse range of English localities. The Commission identifies four key conditions necessary for a system of Local Public Support to flourish: citizens as co-authors of their well-being; Twenty first century public servants; connected and connective local government; and a new national/community settlement.
Read the report When Tomorrow Comes - The Future of Local Public Services.
Find out more about the Policy Commission.