About the Author

Ken Cole
SPS Consultancy

Ken Cole has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors and was one of the founding Directors of SPS in 2001. He recently completed a three year secondment as Director of the London Centre of Excellence. Ken has thrilled many public and private audiences with his incisive analysis, robust delivery and his belief in 'telling it as it is'. His blog is a regular commentary of the improvement and efficiency agenda.

Make sure you pay a frequent visit to find out Ken's latest thoughts on the workings of government, the latest policy initiatives and much more...

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Having It All

Sep 15, 2011

Today sees the launch of the Keep Calm - Save Money campaign, backed by my new white paper, Having It All. The white paper is specifically focused at English local government and in essence argues that the £50B spent annually by English local government on third party services and products should become the main focal point for cashable savings. It is a travesty, speaking as a former public sector official myself, to see frontline services being cut and good people taking voluntary redundancy when tens of millions of pounds are wasted annually because local authorities are unwilling to collaborate to achieve optimum engagement with suppliers and markets.

Some local authorities have done a great job in showing what can be achieved, but it is far too often confined to a category or a contract.The reasons for not taking part in any shared activity that will make any kind of cashable savings so often sound like a list of excuses used by an errant school kid for why they haven't done their homework!

What is needed today is ownership of the issues by chief officers and elected Members and leadership to drive through the cultural changes. The white paper essentially throws down the gauntlet to all local authorities to work with other like minded organisations and help to avoid the scenario where English local government is the soft touch of the public sector

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