Magazine article Public Finance

Economy Forces Public Sector to Share Services, Survey Shows

Magazine article Public Finance

Economy Forces Public Sector to Share Services, Survey Shows

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The recession is forcing all parts of the UK public sector to enter into shared service arrangements, according to a CIPFA survey of finance and resources directors.

Almost half of the 299 directors surveyed (46%) said they expected to partner with other public bodies or to actively share services in 2010. Councils and fire and police authorities were the organisations most likely to adopt this approach, but health and central government were not far behind.

'Public bodies see shared services as a way to save money but also to preserve frontline services,' said Paul Jackson, CIPFA's performance improvement adviser. 'They might not want to go down this route, but they see it as inevitable.'

Seventy per cent of respondents thought the benefits from using shared services to reduce costs could be 'very significant' or 'quite significant'. …

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