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Olympics Offer a 'Chance to Design Services'

Magazine article Public Finance

Olympics Offer a 'Chance to Design Services'

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The regeneration of the Thames Gateway presents a golden opportunity to rethink how public services are designed and funded, local government and communities minister David Miliband said this week.

Delivering the opening address to the two-day Thames Gateway Forum on November 23, Miliband said: 'We have the chance to redesign public services genuinely for the twenty-first century.'

Miliband suggested that new models of public service could emerge such as community 'hubs' - single centres offering services from early years' education to adult learning and primary care.

The minister added that the 2012 Olympic Games offered the potential to make sporting and cultural activities central to the Thames Gateway's identity.

The forum also heard from David Higgins, chief executive of English Partnerships, who will take charge of the Olympic Delivery Authority in the New Year. …

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