• Industry: Public Sector
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 1/4/2010

The Wolf is at the Door 

KPMG commissioned a survey comparing and contrasting the varying degrees of a shared global problem and examined some of the different national responses to the difficult issues many governments are facing. Many public sector organizations around the world expect smaller budgets as governments try to reduce spending.
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Surveying 124 senior executives in the public sector from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S., in order to provide an in-depth analysis of the different ways some governments are dealing with the effects of the economic downturn — the key results are:


  • in the short term, public sector budgets for 84 percent respondents are remaining static or shrinking
  • sixty three percent public sector respondents are unlikely to change their strategy in the next year as a result of the current global economic downturn — however the full impact of the crisis is not likely to be felt until 2011 or 2012
  • a majority of respondents (60 percent) are making long term changes to try to put their organization in a good position for the next decade
  • however, few respondents are making radical changes to their organization — only 20 percent of public sector organizations are planning to change their business or service delivery model.

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