Counting the cost
Using cost reduction to drive sustainable government
With one year remaining until the last date for a general election, the United Kingdom continues to face uncertainty across its economy. So far, targeted fiscal stimulus and continued spending have shielded public finances from corresponding pressure. But the public debt that has funded this investment has reached startling levels, and while actual cuts to services are unlikely before the next election, what follows may include a sustained period of austerity in public spending.
The long-term solution to these challenges may require complex, fundamental change which will take time. But while they wait for these reforms to come through there are a number of more immediate steps public bodies can take to reduce costs.
This report sets those out: Counting the cost (210KB, PDF).