Simon Parker is Director of NLGN and has worked alongside many of the UK’s leading councils to inspire new approaches to urban governance and public service delivery. He started his career as a journalist at the Guardian and has since held senior positions at Demos and the Institute for Government. He is nationally recognised as an expert on local government and decentralisation and his work has been described as “making public policy fun”.
NPC Ignites conference session:
A2: Devo to the max
The devolution agenda should offer opportunities to break down traditional silos and transform public services to be much more responsive to the needs of service users. Charities are well placed to deliver interventions at a local level, but how do they start to engage with the new structures? Is there a danger of creating a sub-regional tier of government that is more remote from the communities it pertains to serve, leaving local charities locked out of the mix?