An innovative programme of research and debate on the future of public services in Wales

We believe there is a window of opportunity to think radically about the future of Wales’ public services. Over the next two years, we want to create a big debate in which everyone – public servants, politicians, businesses and people across Wales – can engage in informed discussion about how our public services could be different in 10 to 15 years, and what we need to do to get there.

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Wales’ public services are struggling in face of today’s unprecedented budget cuts. Yet more is coming.

The economic, demographic, social and environmental pressures that will confront Wales in the medium and longer term will dwarf today’s challenges. For example, the costs of meeting the needs of the UK’s ageing population have been predicted by one organisation to outweigh today’s financial challenge by a factor of 9 to 1*.

The huge scale of these longer-term challenges will call into question many of the assumptions that have underpinned our public services, posing new challenges for policy makers, practitioners and communities.

We invite you to join us in re-thinking Wales Public Services for 2025 and beyond.



* A Life Worth Living, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, October 2011 (and supported by Office of Budget Responsibility projections)