Integrating Whitehall: the case for a Department for Public Sector Reform

By Emmet Regan | 23 October 2017

Our public services will face unprecedented challenges over the next five years. The near impossible trifecta of rising complexity, increasing demand and reducing budgets will test the very fabric of our public services. Whether it is health, education, criminal justice or social care, the services are different but their challenges common.

However, we seek to address these common challenges in an isolated fashion. We rely on traditional Whitehall structures of departments with singular focus acting in isolation to solve these multi-faceted challenges. Central government preaches the importance of integration yet relies on a governmental system designed for the 20th century with limited ability to work in a joined up and integrated fashion.

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