The conference - '21st Century Public Services - Putting People First' - will set out the broad challenges the reform agenda aims to address, how it can advance wider government objectives - such as promoting social justice, increasing equity, supporting diversity and choice along with meeting rising expectations of members of the public. This event also seeks to place the government's approach to public service reform in a broader international context and identify the specific elements which have supported the evolution of a 'British' model of reform.
The conference will be focusing on the following themes:
* The social, economic and political challenges that public services reformers face
The evolution of public service reform over the past decade and the UK government reform model
* The benefits, risks and barriers associated with key reform components: targets and inspection, commissioning and contestability, and giving citizens more choice and a greater say in their public services
* The next steps for the reform agenda - using these reform components together to create a dynamic self-improving system, and extending reform to broader service areas
Delegates invited include UK and international public service reform experts/practitioners, business leaders, academics, local government, the voluntary sector and senior civil servants.
Speakers at the conference are expected to include:
Tony Blair - Prime Minister
Gordon Brown - the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Patricia Hewitt - Secretary of State for Health
John Hutton - Secretary of State for DWP
David Miliband - Secretary of State for Defra
Sir Gus O'Donnell - Cabinet Secretary
Geoff Mulgan - Director of the Institute of Community Studies and the Young Foundation
Elaine Kamarck - Fellow of Sunningdale Institute and lecturer in Public Policy at the John F Kennedy School of Government
Michael Barber - McKinsey - Global Public Sector Practice, former Chief Advisor on Delivery to PM
John Oldham - Head of the Improvement Foundation
Robert Fonberg - Senior Associate Secretary to the Treasury Board of Canada
Notes to editors
For further information contact the Cabinet Office press office.
Attendance will be by invitation.
More details about the conference can be found here.
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