Use this blog to contribute to Socitm's policy response to the proposals set out in the White Paper.
The Open Public Services White Paper sets out how the Government intends to improve public services. It argues that, by putting choice and control in the hands of individuals and neighbourhoods, public services will become more responsive to peoples' needs. The Government is inviting comment and discussion about its proposals over the summer period. (no difference here then - have you ever wondered why governments of whatever persuasion choose the summer holiday period to "openly" consult?!) Having said this, this blog invites Socitm members to offer questions comments on: The five broad principles set out in the paper for modernising public services: 1. Wherever possible we will increase choice 2. Power should be decentralised to the lowest appropriate level. 3. Public services should be open to a range of providers. 4. We will ensure fair access to public services. 5. Public services should be accountable to users and taxpayers. The three types of services are proposed in Sections 3 - 5: Individual services - These are personal services - for example in education, skills training, adult social care, childcare, housing support and individual healthcare Neighbourhood services - These are services provided very locally and on a collective, rather than an individual, basis Commissioned services - These are local and national services that cannot be devolved to individuals or communities. Proposals in Section 6 to ensure diversity of provision. The specific proposals set out in section 7 of the paper, including those on stronger local government, enabling new provision and accelerating the digitisation of public services. Comments received and discussed here will be collated into a Socitm response to the White Paper to be submitted in September. The full White Paper can be downloaded from: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/open-public-services-white-paper