Magazine article Public Finance

Wide Support for Restructuring of Public Services

Magazine article Public Finance

Wide Support for Restructuring of Public Services

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An overwhelming majority of conference delegates believe that an overhaul of organisations and structures is vital if Scotland's public services are to perform effectively in the future.

Reform of the organisations used to deliver services, including abolishing some and merging others, is essential if lasting improvements are to be achieved, a vote on the issue suggested.

Delegates backed the motion, 'to secure a role in Scotland's future, the structure of public services will have to change significantly', by 79% to 21%.

Speaking in the preceding debate, Stuart Fowler, a director at RSM Robson Rhodes, said there were too many organisations involved in the delivery of public services. These bodies often had overlapping functions and were keen to protect their areas of influence, which prevented joint working. …

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