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Summit highlights need for Public Service change

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews will warn of the need for the public sector in Wales to change in order to meet future financial and delivery challenges at a two day summit in Swansea on Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th.
Thursday 05 November 2015

The first Academi Wales Welsh Public Service Summit, entitled One Public Service – Leadership and Change, will bring together senior leaders from public service organisations across Wales along with world renowned experts in public service delivery to share ideas and explore new approaches for creating a public sector that delivers better services and is open to change.  

Speakers will include former government advisor Dr. Tim Williams, Chief Executive of the Committee for Sydney, which has been described as a ‘fantastic organisation, challenging Sydney to be great’; Kevin Donahue, Deputy City Administrator for Washington, D.C.a leader in delivering change with significant experience in both the District and Federal government and Joy Ballard, former Head Teacher of Willows High School and star of Channel Four’s Educating Cardiff.

The Public Services Minister will give the opening address on Thursday morning and will tell delegates:

“Wales has always provided pioneers in public service delivery from David Lloyd George to Aneurin Bevan who turned vision into delivery.  And they prove that with the right leadership – at all levels – transformation is possible.  And not simply the hollow transformation of institutions or services but the transformation of outcomes for citizens.

“We may think things are tough now – and there are difficult choices to make – but the tools, resources and experience we have available to us are hugely greater than what was available to those social pioneers.  We now need to step up to the challenges we face with the same conviction that we can make change for the better.”

The First Minister will deliver the opening address on the second day of the summit and will focus on the financial challenges ahead. He will say: 

“We value public services and the people who work for them. Public Services are life changing and life saving. In our most vulnerable moments, whether from illness, poverty or old age, they are there to help us. We have protected services as much as possible. We have continued to invest in local government and in health and social care.  Our figures show that per head we spend five percent more on health and social care than in England. In education, the figure is 8%.

“I wish I could tell you that things are going to get easier and that the financial situation will improve but I can’t in all honesty do that. The UK Government will announce its Spending Review on 25th November and we have to brace ourselves for even tougher times ahead. Added to this we face rising demands for public services due to demographic changes, changes in technology and higher expectations. Our latest financial forecasts indicate that cost and demand pressures across key public services in Wales over the next three years amount to around one billion pounds and this is why we have to look again at how we deliver public services.

“We are facing a set of complex challenges and difficult decisions need to be made. None of us will have all the answers but by working together we can drive forward change together. To cling to the status quo is no longer an option and we have to move things forward. This new agenda represents an opportunity for us in Wales – to remake our services so they are truly fit for the future, not just tweak what we’ve done in the past.”



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