Public Services in Age of Austerity

Aston University

11 November 2013

Thursday 14 November, 6.30-9.00pm
Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham

Aston University Business School, in association with the Green House Think Tank, the Royal Society of Arts and the Library of Birmingham, is hosting a freepublic discussion this Thursday on the future of our public services in an age of austerity.

The evening, at the Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham (6.30 - 9pm) will start with a brief outline of the key issues and possibilities offered in a fascinating new policy paper by the Green House Think Tank Smaller But Better?. Following this, there will be responses from Cllr Stewart Stacey, (Cabinet Member, Birmingham City Council), Heather Wakefield, (Unison), Matthew Taylor, (Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts), Dr Josie Kelly (Aston University). The Chair for the evening, Dr John Blewitt, will then open up the debate to audience members.

Dr Blewitt, Co-Director of the MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability, says ‘this event is part of Aston Business School’s project to engage people in a wide ranging debates about social and economic issues that affect all our futures’

Smaller but Better? states that there is a distinctively green way of thinking about public services, which has much to offer the current debate.  The report’s authors include historian and social care expert Andrew Pearmain, and former senior civil servant Brian Heatley.

More details on the Smaller but Better event can be found here. 

For more information or interview please contact, John Blewitt 0121 204 4284;