How to make gains at a time of loss
On the 20th October 2010, the UK Coalition Government announced wide ranging spendingcuts across all areas of government, inevitably leading to significant job losses andreduction of services across the public sector.At Delib, we appreciate the huge changes this is likely to bring to the public sector, but alsothe opportunities this provides for public bodies to ensure that they are shaping the lossesto fit local residents needs, and to provide more for less.This briefing paper outlines three ideas on how public sector organisations can use theinternet to build consensus and trust whilst they reshape their service provision to localresidents and stakeholders.
Idea 1 - Talk to people
The shape of spending over the next few years may now be fixed, but the detail of itcertainly isn’t.The best spending cuts at a local level are going to be decided in partnership with as wide arange of people as possible, from local residents to employees themselves.After all, the government itself ran a national dialogue on the spending cuts themselvesbefore finalising the results of the spending review, a dialogue which produced 46,000ideas for how to save money or spend it more effectively.Other local authorities, from Warrington Borough Council to Norfolk County Council, arenow following this example to ensure that they identify all of the savings they possibly can,and allocate spending in the right areas.All of these processes have been run using our Dialogue App (www.dialogue-app.com), aproven model for running engaging public dialogues on difficult issues. You’re welcome toset one up for free to get your local dialogue started and see what a useful tool it is forcollecting ideas whilst raising engagement levels.
The Spending Challenge National Dialogue -http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_188773Our case study on the Spending Challenge -http://www.delib.co.uk/dblog/spending-challenge-wraps-up-government-takes-ideas-forward/Warrington Borough Council’s budget dialogue -http://warrington.dialogue-app.com
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