The public sector, especially Local Government has endured a more prolific set of changes over the last decade than ever before, and has, in general survived well.
Services have been reduced, highlighting pressure points and issues ... but we have Highways that are good to OK, Housing for most, an education system that is hanging in and a public health system that is still something to be proud of .... but can that be the case in the near future?
In the near future, cuts in funding, pay & jobs are going to be more severe, more sustained and nearer 'Impossible' to address than ever before.
One council we've been dealing with was preparing for up to 30% cuts in its whole workforce, another has started a 10% redundancy led reduction, following 2,000 people leaving last year. Another is facing at least a 7% reduction in funding for the next three years.
Via the traditional lens of 'management' such pressures must equate to redundancies, restructures, outsourcing and reductions in services. This is often approached under the banner of 'Lean' (often not very well thought through) which purports efficiency improvements. It isn't uncommon for such 'improvement' activities to precede reductions in resource (lost jobs) and a reduction in the quantity and quality of services delivered.
Visualising Transformatoin from SSD offers many other dimensions... What if you can do more for less? What happens if you invest your freed up capacity to do more work ... value adding work? Can you continuously reduce costs and retain employment?
Well .... the simple answer is ... yes you can!
So please, let's restore sense and hope!
As can be seen from our own track record and related case studies, in many cases it is possible to improve without the losses; and often, in our experience, reduce capital and budgets while maintaining / increasing jobs and service delivery.
If you're looking for development support that leads to a more sustainable future, even in the face of cuts, Contact us.
In light of the 7% per annum to 2020 budget cuts estimated at the #IEWM conference before Christmas, and the increasing pressure to make savings 'now', ALL Local Authorities (LA's) will be looking to increase revenue opportunities, reduce capital and protect jobs.
Many approaches have failed to achieve this in the recent past ... which makes SSD a little different. We have a 100% project delivery success rate delivering over £90 Million in savings and nearly always save more than the targets set at initial engagement for our clients.
We don't just offer a proven approach which leads to 'sustainable transformation' we also offer examples of 'Sustained Transformation' following projects and interventions we have led in the past. Take Wiltshire for example ...
Wiltshire Council have gone on to train over 760 people in the VT (Visualising Transformation) methodology originally delivered by SSD, including 130 people from the Police and the office of the PCC. (Sept’ 2014). They have also working with the NHS locally.
This has led to the following reports of 'Improvement' activity.
All of this has followed the savings made by SSD during a 9 Month engagement, during which we delivered our pivotal 3 day 'Visualising Transformation' course.
This course and our on-going support is available to public and private sector clients alike, helping them develop a commercial focus which leads to fewer high volume small revenue / small margin / high resource requirement opportunities (e.g. Payroll for schools) and more large scale / large saving / inter-connected opportunities, which we help identify quickly from our experience and enact via your teams to ensure knowledge transfer enables on-going (continuous) improvement.
If you'd like to know more, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange a time to discuss your needs and how we can help.
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