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Government requires interims to 'turnaround' spending

28 September 2009

Turnaround directors are required to inject pace into government efforts to significantly reduce the budgets of local government organisations.

That is according to the tax audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which claimed that to achieve a 20 or 30 per cent reduction in spending, the government must consider hiring senior executives with experience of implementing change programmes in short periods of time.

Highlighting the successful implementation of transitional directors in the health service, the professional services firm explained that interim management specialists can meet the scale and urgency of the challenge, the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) reported.

Steve Beet, local government leader at PwC, told delegates at an LGC summit last week that stakeholders need confidence in bodies' executive structures.

According to the news provider, he said: "The priority is the need for strong leadership from the top. One key signal that the issue is being taken seriously will be the appointment of a senior officer to lead this work."

This viewpoint was validated last week by Steve Bundred, chief executive of the Audit Commission, who called for good financial management in the public sector after the 2010 general election.

Categories: Central Government, Local Government


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