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Interim managers 'can achieve local government savings'

14 April 2011

Interim managers have been praised for representing good value for money and helping local government organisations to get their budgets under control.

Damon Lawrenson, an interim finance manager, insisted it makes sound financial sense for councils to hire external consultants on short-term contracts.

Writing for the Guardian, he said these professionals often possess a wide array of skills that do not exist within local authorities, such as change management, strategic finance and business transformation.

These abilities can prove invaluable to councils that are under pressure to trim millions of pounds from their budgets, Mr Lawrenson stated.

The Local Government Association has revealed 71 per cent of councils are sharing services with another authority to make savings, while more than half have set up such an agreement within their own organisation.

Mr Lawrenson added: "This financial year is going to be incredibly tough.

"I would urge councils to review the external resources they may need now to ensure they achieve their goals this year." 

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