Magazine article Public Finance

Long-Term Budget Deals Could 'De-Risk' Public Service Reforms

Magazine article Public Finance

Long-Term Budget Deals Could 'De-Risk' Public Service Reforms

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Longterm public spending plans are needed to help integrate local service provision, a senior figure involved in implementing the coalition's flagship Community Budgets programme has said.

Robert Pollock, director of the Public Service Transformation Network, which works to design services around the needs of local people, said multiyear spending deals could 'de-risk' the implementation of plans to cut costs and improve provision.

Last year's Autumn Statement included a Treasury pledge to work with departments to give local public services the same longterm indicative budgets as departments from the next Spending Review'.

Speaking to Public Finance, Pollock said implementation of this was one of the ways government could incentivise different focal services to collaborate on reforms.

'Some of the places we've worked have said it's a bit of a barrier that we don't have a longterm fundingarrangement,' he said.

The network has worked with the four original 'whole place' Community Budget pilots - Essex, Greater Manchester, Cheshire West and Chester, and the London tri-borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster - as well as nine additional areas that joined the network last July. …

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