Magazine article Public Finance

Take the Politics out of Public Services, Says Butler

Magazine article Public Finance

Take the Politics out of Public Services, Says Butler

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The tensions between the demands of politics and the need for effective public services illustrate the need to look carefully at proposals for independent management of public services, incoming CIPFA president John Butler has said.

In his opening address on June 13, he told delegates that the policy model of the past decade - which involved conflicts between public servants wanting less or slower change and politicians pushing for 'rapid waves' of destabilising change without proper consultation - was fraught with risk.

'This is not a cheap shot at MPs. But it does seem to me that representing the interests of the people and managing public services are entirely different things, with inevitable and very predictable tensions between the two,' Butler said.

The creation of more arm's-length management models for public services, such as the proposal for an independent NHS board, could be the solution, offering a means to 'hear the opposing arguments and. …

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