I felt compelled to write this blog posting today as, in theory, it should be a once in every 4-5 year opportunity. However, if the plethora of polls is to be believed there is high probability of a hung Parliament, or ‘balanced Parliament’ if you prefer the parlance of the SNP and Plaid Cymru. And that could have us engaging in a further round of general election voting sooner than we think.
Whatever the outcome, and I have no intention of making predictions, as we are currently in ‘political purdah’ like all media, the one certainty is that public sector budget constraints are on the way. A spending review will be required as one of the proof points of the new Government’s commitment to reduce the budget deficit.
How challenging will the budget constraints be? To answer that question I shall defer to the expert analysis conducted by CIPFA and SOLACE in their report: After the Downturn. The report outlines three strategic scenarios for the Public Sector budget in the coming years and is a thought-provoking analysis that is also concise and easy to read.
Whatever the outcome, lowering the cost of delivering public services will be a priority. Innovation in achieving this will rely on smarter use of your current ICT resources and appropriate investment in the solutions that enable more public services to be delivered more cost-effectively online.
We’ll be sharing numerous examples of innovative public service delivery from across the globe in this blog in the weeks to come. Although ICT cannot be a universal panacea to the challenges that lie ahead, it can certainly be an important enabler to unlocking more value from public service investments.
Posted by Ian