The Government have taken significant steps towards changing the relationship between the citizen and the state by pushing down power to individuals and communities, encouraging people to take action to make the changes they want to see, and challenging public service providers to deliver better and more localised services. For example:
24 free schools are now up and running, creating choice for parents, enabling communities to set up schools that meet their needs.
National Citizen Service is delivering to thousands of young people in England; and aspires to deliver opportunities for up to 30,000 young people by next year.
The Localism Bill—currently in the Lords—will devolve greater powers to councils and neighbourhoods and give local communities more control over housing and planning decisions.
45,000 public sector workers are now in mutuals, with the aspiration to have 1 million public sector workers in mutuals by 2015.
The Open Public Services White Paper has set out plans to create greater diversity in the delivery of public services by opening up the market to a greater number of providers.