Responding to today’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Steve Freer, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy said:
'In many ways the CSR paints a partial picture because 'average cuts' can only ever give limited insights. We will see the full picture over the next two or three months as Whitehall Departments and public bodies set their detailed budgets. Like the Chancellor, the leaders of those organisations will need to decide which of their activities to protect and where to take the pain. Real cuts to real people will be much clearer at that stage.
‘Given the scale of the cuts implied, the project is overlaid by huge risks. Public managers and leaders will need to ensure that their services join up effectively. They will need to bring all of their skills to bear to make changes as quickly and as smoothly as possible and to communicate them clearly. Short term actions will need to be dovetailed with carefully constructed long term plans to assure sustainable, affordable core services downstream.'
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