Magazine article Public Finance

Skilled Managers Vital in Era of Cuts, Says CIPFA

Magazine article Public Finance

Skilled Managers Vital in Era of Cuts, Says CIPFA

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Good management will be essential to ensuring the forthcoming cuts in public spending are implemented smoothly and easily, according to CIPFA.

In a report published on October 18, the institute and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives said the next six months would be the 'defining period' of the government's project to rebalance the public finances. It highlighted a range of risks public bodies will face as they grapple with multiple spending cuts.

The report, Rebalancing the public finances: the end of the beginning, speculated that a 'very different public services landscape' could emerge over the next five years. It would involve greater formal collaboration between service providers at local level and a changed relationship between the citizen and the state.

But the coalition's Big Society idea, which advocates a more active role for citizens and communities, might fall short. …

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