Responding to the impact of the Spending Review on the public sector, Alan Downey, KPMG’s head of Public Sector said:
“The Chancellor today forced the pace of change in terms of partnership and integrated working across the public sector. The new £3bn for joint commissioning between the NHS and local authorities for care; the £2bn single growth fund for Local Enterprise Partnerships; the new focus on partnerships in justice to reduce reoffending, and emergency services are all examples of this push for more seamless services.
“Performance improvement will continue to be central but Government nationally and locally have to think beyond the silos – focussing both on sustainable growth and competitiveness as well as increasing overall bang for the buck.
“Efficiency savings per se can still be made but after three years of rigorous efficiencies, new steps must be taken.”
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