Magazine article Public Finance

Recession Requires 'Urgent Change' in Governance

Magazine article Public Finance

Recession Requires 'Urgent Change' in Governance

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'Urgent and fundamental changes' in the UK's systems of governance are needed in the \ight of the deepening economic crisis, according to the executive director of the Institute for Government.

Sir Michael Bichard, who is a former permanent secretary at two government departments, said that the country needed to move away from the 'targetdriven, controlling, prescriptive government' that had dominated for the past decade.

The temptation in tough economic times was to 'bunker down, salami cut and invest in a couple of projects', he told delegates at the Treasury/CIPFA World-Class Performance Symposium held in London on February 12.

'There will be immense pressure on the funding of public services, and at the same time the public expectation will be for the quality of public services to continue to rise.'

But, Bichard added, the population was also looking for government with a 'national sense of purpose with stated values'. …

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