Magazine article Public Finance

Public Bodies Should Seize Their Own Destiny, Says Birt

Magazine article Public Finance

Public Bodies Should Seize Their Own Destiny, Says Birt

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The prime minister s strategy adviser has urged public organisations to seize your own destiny', but warned managers that they must achieve lasting reforms in service delivery and efficiency.

Lord Birt told CIPFA delegates that finance professionals must play a key role in helping public bodies to deliver 'transformational change'.

In a speech heavy with the 'blue sky thinking' for which he is famed, the former director general of the BBC said the public sector had 'made enormous advances' from the days when organisations were bloated, bureaucratic and resistant to change.

But he said that they had not completed their improvement journey and that modern economies, with their focus on the consumer, demanded more of organisations delivering local or national services.

He warned that organisations must now undertake the 'intellectual grind' of developing clear strategies that would continue to make them successful. …

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