What should be the Conservative Party’s vision for public service reform?

Join Demos at the next event in the Public Services 2030 Network series as we approach a General Election.

13 Dec 2023 - 13 Dec 2023

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm GMT


About the event

The Conservatives have previously prided themselves as the party of public service reform, driving reforms based on privatisation, marketisation and choice. Yet such approaches have fallen out of favour, with privatised services – such as probation and rail – fully or partially renationalised. Is it time to bring them back or do the Conservatives need a new vision for public service reform? Join us at the next event in the Public Services 2030 Network series as we approach a General Election at which public services will be centre stage.


  • Imogen Sinclair, Director of New Social Covenant Unit
  • Samuel Kasumu, former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Andrew O’Brien, Director of Policy and Impact at Demos
  • Andrew Phillips, Senior Researcher at Demos (Chair)


About the Public Services 2030 Network

Public services are in crisis. Backlogs are everywhere, from NHS waiting lists to undecided asylum applications. Frontline staff, managers and civil servants alike are doing their best to respond, and often performing heroically.

But the fundamentals of the situation are beyond individual heroism, short term fixes or limited cash injections to resolve. The United Kingdom needs a rethink on public services: what do we want, what are we willing to pay for, and who will do the work and how will there be change?

There is no shortage of bold and innovative ideas. From pioneering councils to charities experimenting to new approaches to service design and thinkers across the political spectrum, we have been inspired by the wealth of work happening right across the country. Now is the time to connect these voices to create a new era of public service reform.

The Public Services 2030 Network is a movement of organisations committed to rebuilding and reforming our public services so they are fit for the next decade.

Network founding partners:

  • Centre for Public Impact
  • More Than a Provider
  • Policy@Manchester, The University of Manchester
  • Reed in Partnership

Network knowledge partners:

  • The Institute of Employability Professionals
  • The WEA

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