In the hot seat
Reducing costs in public-sector organisations in an age of austerity
The current age of austerity has created a compelling need to reduce costs in the public sector. The UK budget deficit is growing as revenues have been depressed by the recent economic downturn and total spending has continued to increase. Traditional incremental change and narrowly targeted cost reduction strategies cannot deliver a solution – instead it is time to take a fundamental look at the question of how to deliver better value for citizens. As a result, politicians and public-sector leaders are in the hot seat and must quickly decide how to deliver more with less.