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Public Matters Conference - Public Services After CSR07

  • Date(s)
    7 June 2007
  • Time
    9am to 4.30pm
  • Location
    Victoria Park Plaza, London, SW1V 1EQ

In joint cooperation with the Work Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Policy Network organised a seminar on the theme of 'Flexicurity: a New Departure for European Social Policy?' on Friday 25 May at the Work Foundation's offices in London.

The personal challenge for senior executives leading major public organisations is to understand the next wave of change to public services over and beyond the Corporate Spending Review 2007.  This important one-day conference brought together top public sector managers from central and local government and Agencies together with private sector players to discuss the future of public sector reforms over the next 5 to 10 years. It offered a unique insight into the leadership challenges for the coming decade.

The conference also launched a ground breaking book, "Public Matters - Renewing the Public Realm", written by the foremost experts in public service reform and which reviews the past reforms and sets out a challenge agenda for the next decade for a smaller more strategic central state and for radically fresh approaches to public services.

The Public Matters conference looked to how the world is changing, the fiscal environment and what the new models will be for public services in the future. The book and conference brought together the experience of the most senior reformers and managers in government to debate the next challenges and models for public service delivery, and considered the next steps in delivering productivity in public services and in innovative working to deliver more responsive, better quality services.

With a thought provoking mixture of keynote addresses and panel discussion, the conference aimed to:

· Set out the nature of the challenge facing public service organisations

· Illustrate how all parties envisage a reformed and diversified future for public services

· Consider what changes and policy options senior public sector executives should anticipate facing in 3, 5 and 10 year plans

· Discuss what kinds of skills and experience will be needed by senior managers to lead such organisations?

Rt. Hon John Hutton MP gave the keynote speach at this event. Other speakers included Liam Byrne MP, Minister of State for Immigration; Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, Former Director LSE;Sir Michael Bichard, Rector, University of the Arts London; Paul Corrigan, Senior Policy Adviser on Health to the Prime Minister; David Albury, Independent Policy and Organisational Consultant and former Principal Adviser for the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit; Ed Vaizey MP, Shadow Culture Minister; Rt. Hon Charles Clarke MP, Former Home Secretary;Dermot Finch, Director of Centre for Cities at the IPPR.

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