Cost cutting - keeping it fair and keeping it transparent (5 July)
Chair:John Thornton, Regional President, CIPFA South East
Philippa Headley, Business Development Director, Public Sector, Oracle
Naresh Patel, Principal Solutions Consultant, Oracle
Austerity is with us to stay, with lower service delivery costs becoming a way of life and, of necessity, forcing cuts in related service provision. How can those cuts be made in a rational way to maximise outcomes for citizens, ensure spending remains within budget and risks are managed?
Current focus is on transformation to improve operational efficiency, provide actionable business intelligence and more accurate planning, budgeting and forecasting whilst also pushing financial accountability out to line managers through self-service. With the expectation of further budget cuts to come, the challenge for Local Authorities is to identify what to do next.
Could Activity Based Costing, Zero Based Budgeting and Project Portfolio Planning be useful tools to help answer the challenge?
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