The Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services was set up at the end of 2010 with Dr Campbell Christie CBE as chair. The task of the commission is to set out a ‘road map’ to inform the reform of public services in Scotland over the next 5 – 10 years.
The commission issued a call for evidence to which the HSEU responded. (Read the HSEU response.) In its response the Unit took the opportunity to highlight the value of many housing support services in preventing further crisis such as homelessness, admission into care, as well as an opportunity to alert the commission to the Better Futures outcomes tool.
The commission is due to report on its recommendations in June 2011. If you would like to find out more about the work of the commission further details can be found on the Scottish Government’s website.
The Christie Commission recommends urgent reform in the delivery of public services to deal with what it calls ‘systemic shortcomings'. Amongst its recommendations are the prioritization of preventative spending; the involvement of communities and individuals in the design and delivery of public services as well as the integration of services. The full report, launched on 29th June 2011, can be found here.