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The Public Sector Needs A Reality Check

Successful businesses have to make seven percent savings every year from the bottom line if they are going to thrive in the current business environment. Yet the public sector has to some extent been shielded from the forces of globalisation.

Many civil servants have the kind of job security those in the private sector can only dream of. It’s not an unreasonable expectation that the public sector looks to make efficiency savings across the board. It’s also not an unreasonable expectation that the public sector faces intense scrutiny over how they spend public money and pay their staff.


The London tri-borough initiative which saw Westminster, Kensington &Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham share services in a bid to drive down costs was a great example of local government adopting an innovative and creative approach to delivering public services. Under the partnership report shows resources and joint management for children’s services, adult care and libraries.

Work forces need to be more flexible and adaptable if they are going to survive. Many of us will have at least three careers as the pace of technology transforms the economic landscape.

We live in a 24 hour business environment, its only right the government operates a 24/7 service too.
We can never run the public sector exactly like a business, it can adopt many of its key values such as accountability. If it does this, then the robots just might not take over.

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