Magazine article Public Finance

CIPFA Calls for Radical Change to Public Services

Magazine article Public Finance

CIPFA Calls for Radical Change to Public Services

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Public services in Scotland will need to be restricted or withdrawn as part of a redefined relationship between the state and the individual, an influential budget review group has been told.

According to leading public finance officials, the scale of spending cuts required is so serious that no option can be ruled out, including whether to keep a national health service free at the point of delivery.

In a submission to the independent panel set up by the Scottish Government to review its budget, CEPFA Scotland said different and radical thinking was required.

It warned: 'Politicians and public service managers will be faced with decisions which wiU result in future services almost certainly being restricted or even withdrawn.'

Emphasising that all options must be considered, the submission added: 'This means that a fundamental starting point should be that all frontline services are the subject of objective review and challenge. It should not be a pre-condition that some services are protected.'

The review panel, chaired by Crawford Beveridge, a former chair of development agency Scottish Enterprise, is seeking evidence from a wide range of bodies. …

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