PLC Public Sector reports:
The challenge of achieving efficiency savings without impacting on public service delivery is one that public sector workers have been facing for some time. Budget 2009, with its call for an extra £15 billion of efficiency savings, means that the task of finding the right balance between these 2 competing needs will become even more difficult.
One of the headline initiatives for local government formally announced in the budget, was the creation of 2 pilot city-regions. Manchester and Leeds have been given the go-ahead to take more control over their budgets and, presumably, more responsibility for striking the right balance between service delivery and efficiency. Is this the start of the long called for decentralisation, or is this pilot, which will be “overseen at ministerial level”, just window dressing?