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Martin Kinsella meets with PM

Martin Kinsella, Chief Executive, P3 Social Enterprise, and other voluntary sector leaders met with the Prime Minister and senior Government Ministers on Wednesday 12th January 2011 to discuss the sector's role in the transformation of public services.

The delivery and reform of public services is at the heart of the Big Society vision. This meeting gave civil society representatives the chance to share with ministers their experiences and concerns about the impact of cuts, and suggest solutions and ideas for further reform.

The meeting took place around the cabinet table at Number 10 Downing Street, it was chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron and was organised in collaboration with Sir Stuart Etherington of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Attendees were drawn from NCVO's Public Service Delivery Network (PSDN). Martin Kinsella is chair of the PSDN Advisory Group.

Delegates provided examples of where public authorities are cutting inappropriately or disproportionately, and where VAT on shared services is causing problems for the sector. They also discussed the potential impact that forthcoming changes to NHS commissioning will have on civil society organisations.

The meeting covered the sector's need for capital, especially in the context of public services which will be contracted on the basis of Payment by Results.

Martin Kinsella was asked to introduce the discussion on Payment by Results, saying: " In order to expand outcomes based commissioning and service delivery, we need to develop a currency of social value, one that everyone understands and can engage with. Co-production of services using effective broad based partnerships delivering through the Payment by Results model will then become widespread across the whole range of public services".

After the meeting Martin said, "The commitment of the Prime Minister and senior Ministers to the role of social enterprise and the wider civil society sector in taking forward Big Society is very clear and very important. P3 wholly endorses the PM's view that we are the first sector not the third sector and we look forward to developing an extended role for the sector in public service delivery."

Delegates also raised the importance of commissioning regimes recognising the need to support effective joined up services for people with complex needs.

The meeting provided a valuable opportunity to communicate directly to the Prime Minister and other government representatives the sector's perspective on the challenges and opportunities they face in reforming public service delivery.

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Notes to editors: The attached photo shows the Public Service Delivery Network attendees outside Number 10 Downing Street.

Government Delegates:

  • David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
  • Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office
  • Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office
  • Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society
  • Greg Clark MP, Minister of State, Department of Communities and Local Government
  • Sir Gus O'Donnell, Secretary of the Cabinet

Public Service Delivery Network Delegates:

  • Sir Stuart Etherington, NCVO
  • Ben Kernighan, NCVO
  • Paul Ainsworth, Ariel Trust
  • Stephanie Correia, Southside Rehabilitation
  • Martin Kinsella MBE, P3
  • Shane Brennan, Age Concern Kingston upon Thames
  • Sam Hopley, HCCT and Camden Shares
  • Andrew Purvis, Fairbridge
  • Jackie Nunns, Kids City
  • Jacob Whittingham, SE1 United
  • Jan Tregelles, Mencap
  • Benedict Leigh, Restore
  • Peter McCabe, Headway
  • Philip Lee, Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Yvonne Davis, Birmingham CAB
  • Robert Droy, Southampton Centre for Independent Living

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