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Cuts “will hit service delivery”

10 November 2010

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Half of public sector bosses are worried that service delivery will be adversely affected by spending cuts planned by the government, a new report has revealed.

More than 1,000 interviews were carried out with chief executives, directors and members of the public. All appeared to agree that the spending cuts would provide a “major challenge” in the coming months and years.

Two-thirds of leaders said that budget cuts in the short-term would mean that the public sector would be incapable of dealing with issues that present themselves in the future, according to the survey by Zurich Municipal and Ipsos Mori.

Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori, said: “Doing cuts well and avoiding massive service failures now stand out as key risks following the spending review. Public sector leaders are not confident about the outcome.”

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