The Spending Review will mean a fundamental change in the way public services are delivered
20 October 2010
Commenting on the Spending Review Mike Turley, head of Deloitte’s public sector practice, said: “Under the headlines of the spending cuts lies probably the most significant set of changes yet to the business of delivering public services.
“Today’s announcement will see a fundamental change in the way public services are delivered. This will impact public sector workers, private sector suppliers and the public.
“Looking at the reductions in Departmental budgets of up to 25%, capital spending cuts of up to 50%, the transfer of financial responsibility to local authorities coupled with structural changes to accommodate the abolition of quangos - it is clear that we are past the point of doing more with less and firmly in the territory of doing less with less.
“Every layer of the public sector will be impacted with higher education, police and local government being hit hardest.
“Many people will be trying to understand what this means for them. The changes include eligibility for benefits, changes to access to education and training, the level of service they can now expect and how much they might have to pay for public services such as transport, university courses and local authority services in the future.
“With the exception of transition arrangements for charities and the third sector, the review is notably light on how this scale of change will be achieved. Public sector workers, suppliers and citizens will all be waiting for the devil in the detail of the departmental business plans available later this year.”
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