Core Cities - Newcastle

Growth and public sector reform

We have a vision for the future in which the public sector, in partnership with local businesses and communities, designs and delivers one set of public services which improves the quality of life for residents and maximises the opportunities for economic growth. That is why we are making a case to Government to reform the public sector, and to devolve more powers and resources to local areas.

Cllr Nick Forbes

Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader Newcastle City Council; Core Cities Cabinet Vice Chair, Public Sector Reform

That is why we are making a case to Government to reform the public sector, and to devolve more powers and resources to local areas.

This will enable us to bring public services together, with a clear sense of purpose, strong local leadership, knowledge and expertise. It will enable businesses to play an increasingly important role in shaping the services that are important to them.

Too often under the existing system, we see services working in isolation. This is costly and fails to address the complex, inter-connected issues, which vary from place to place. By joining up local services and with greater devolution, we can work together to provide a clear overview of the challenges, opportunities and solutions across the city - in areas such as health, education, social services, justice, employment, skills services and more. We can connect public services to raise skills and create employment opportunities. We can support our residents to access job opportunities and remain in employment.

Now more than ever in this age of austerity, it is important that we deliver 'more for less' and are working together to continually improve outcomes and achieve a sustainable economic future.

Newcastle