The Spending Review conundrum

By Angela Mitchell | 30 October 2014

For the past three years, Deloitte has worked with the think tank Reform to produce The State of the State, an annual check-up on the pressures on our public finances and the challenges facing our public services.

In a nutshell, this year’s report discusses how productivity is low, debt is high and we’re only halfway through the cuts needed.

But, graphs and charts only tell part of this story and we commissioned IPSOS Mori to interview local public service executives – the council and health chief executives, chief constables and fire officers and service directors at the frontline of service delivery - to get their take on how they have coped with reduction and reform in the past five years and their outlook for the next five.

Firstly, local public service leaders speak with pride at how their organisations adapted when faced with unprecedented budget reductions.

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