Budget: Deloitte public sector partners comment on public spending
21 March 2013
In response to today’s Budget, partners from Deloitte’s public sector practice comment on the impact on public finances, education and policing.
On the impact on the public sector, Rebecca George, public sector partner, said:
“The extra squeeze on a number of Government departments outlined by the Chancellor today increases the pressure on a public sector already facing immense challenges. Those departments being asked to find savings will have been through this process two or three times already and cuts alone simply won’t be enough to tackle the long term strains on public finances.
“Austerity is going to be the norm in the public sector for years to come. to think about new ways of working and new ways of delivering services This needs to include addressing the long term financial liabilities government faces, bringing about a significant boost to public sector productivity and the greater involvement of private and third sector organisations in the delivery of public services.”
“The Chancellor has confirmed that the public sector now faces a tougher Spending Review in June.”
Julie Mercer, head of education, said:
“While schools funding has a reprieve, for now, we may still see skills and higher education funding come under pressure as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills faces an extra squeeze. Investing in skills and education during times of low economic growth is critical if we are to continue to develop young people and the future workforce. It will be important to ensure that schools are investing in the right things to improve the outcomes and value for young people. More needs to be done to ensure that the money available is delivering a great education to all.”
James Taylor, policing and home affairs lead, said:
“The Home Office has been exempted from extra spending reductions but still faces a challenging period ahead. The new National Crime Agency and College of Policing will both need to earn credibility quickly, and the effectiveness of border and immigration operations will remain a key focus area. In doing so, the department will still need to continue to drive out savings in the longer term.”
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