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Local government under pressure: Adapt to survive?

October 1, 2012


Operational failure for public sector organisations is a real risk in the difficult years ahead. Today’s pressures will significantly impact on the way public services are delivered in future, whether by public sector organisations themselves or by the mixed economy of other providers. This requires the future role and purpose of public sector organisations to be re-defined; they will need to do different things with respect to strategy and policy, service delivery and influencing outcomes. This seminar will explore the example of ‘the future council’ to bring this to life.

  • How will today’s pressures determine how tomorrow’s services are delivered?
  • How will the drive to open public services, in the context of rising demand and spending cuts, impact on the future shape and size of public sector organisations?
  • What principles and approaches need to be adopted?
  • What can we learn from the private sector and international experience?
  • How will new democratic structures, such as Mayors and PCCs, affect the landscape?


  • Margaret Hodge MP, chair, Public Accounts Committee
  • Sir Albert Bore, leader, Birmingham City Council
  • Andy Ford, PwC
  • Patrick Diamond (chair), Southwark councillor and former special advisor

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October 1, 2012
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101 Barbirolli Square, Lower Mosley Street
Manchester, M2 3PW United Kingdom

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