Devolution – the Future of Public Service Reform? With Alex Norris MP

24 May 2023 - 24 May 2023

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST


A new political consensus has emerged on the benefits of greater devolution. The government is handing more powers to local leaders. Labour looks set to continue this, with the Brown Commission’s report a sign of its intent.

What does this mean for public service reform? Public services today range from the relatively centralised (social security) to the relatively devolved (social care). Should the future of public services be greater devolution? More specifically, how does the public service reform agenda interact with the devolution agenda? There are strong arguments that greater devolution can be an enabler of reform and it’s often argued that local leaders are best placed to ‘bust silos’ and build joined-up public services. There are also important questions about ‘double devolution’: how communities and local people are empowered to shape public services.

Join us to discuss these issues at the next Demos Public Services 2030 Network event.

Speakers include:

  • Alex Norris MP, Shadow Levelling Up Minister
  • Iain Murray, Director of Public Financial Management, CIPFA
  • Kim McGuinness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Doors will open from 17:30 with the panel starting at 18:00. Drinks will be provided.

This event will be livestreamed, so please do indicate if you will be joining online and we will send you a link closer to the event.