Three quarters (75%) of public service leaders feel the government hasn’t engaged with their organisation enough over Brexit, according to a new survey released by CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
The results indicate this lack of engagement is hampering the ability of public service leaders to plan effectively for Brexit, as almost half (44%) believe they are receiving an insufficient amount of information.
It is no surprise then that three quarters (75%) of public services leaders are feeling more negative about Brexit than they did a year ago.
Commenting on the results, chief executive of CIPFA Rob Whiteman said:
“It’s now been two years since the Brexit vote and fourteen months since Article 50 was triggered, yet the vast majority of public services leaders still feel that the government is keeping them in the dark.
“As the government must want a Brexit dividend to be a more sustainable and effective public sector, it is crucial that light is shed on what the UK’s future relationship with the EU will look like and soon. Otherwise, public service leaders won’t have the time or information to respond.”
Julia Goldsworthy, who chairs CIPFA’s Brexit Advisory Commission for Public Services, said:
“It is critical that communication channels are open between the government and public service leaders over Brexit. Not just to ensure that public services leaders have an adequate level of information to plan effectively, but also to help identify reform opportunities presented by Brexit that will help organisations better meet the needs of the communities they serve.”
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