The public spending reductions set out by the Comprehensive Spending Review present a real challenge to public service professionals. How do I preserve the quality of my service whilst achieving cuts of this scale? How can services continue to protect the vulnerable in society and employ the best staff when resources are so tight? These are difficult times. But our research and practical experience at NESTA tells us that challenge shouldn’t preclude innovation. Indeed, the best way to make savings in public services is to think more creatively about what you’re trying to achieve, and what resources you can use to get there. Do tell us what you think – we’re keen to hear your ideas and experience too.
If you take one thing away from this series, it’s the insight that the only way to make savings sustainably is to start from how services can be better, not from how to save money.