Public service paradox

2 Nov 2009 by Karl Hallam

ippr north has published the final report of the Commission on public sector reform in the North East. It is called Public service paradox .

It makes recommendations around prevention, engagement and innovation, but suggests that until accountability and funding issues are dealt with and the region's economy is strengthened, progress on long-standing problems will be difficult.

It has had some press coverage:

The Newcastle Journal says GOVERNMENT red tape has ruined any chance of using multi-million pound funds to bring real help to deprived North families ...

The Local Goverment Chronicle says Councils need greater freedom from central Government if they are to tackle society's most deep-rooted problems, a major study of public sector work in the North East has concluded ...

Public Net says the public sector in the North East is not having any impact on the region's poverty in spite of the fact that it is working well and meeting the targets set for it by central government. A report from the Commission on Public Service Reform in the region says top down targets have failed to narrow the gap because economic inequality is deeply rooted ...

Public Finance says Northeast England councils striving to meet centrally set targets are unable to address the economic and social problems of the region, a think-tank has found ...

A joint RSA/ippr event 'After the downturn' will look at the economic context the public sector faces in the coming years and ask what changes will be necessary to avoid the region falling further behind.

After twelve years of investment, reform and improvement in public services the North East still lags behind other English regions on several important measures of social disadvantage. There is an apparent paradox: greater investment and good performance have not delivered the expected improvement in outcomes.

Building on the final report from ippr north's Commission on Public Sector Reform in the North East, this symposium will ask what the implications will be for the North East as the recession bites and the challenges for public services increase and how best the region can foster outward looking and innovative solutions for our future public services.

Places are free, but it is essential to book your place. Please email confirming your details or call Loraine Sweeney on 0191 233 9051/0.



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