Improved productivity in Yorkshire’s public sector could save £141m

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Improved productivity in Yorkshire’s public services could save £141m a year, according to new research from accountancy firm Deloitte and think tank Reform.

In the report, Deloitte and Reform call on the public sector to make better use of technology, demand management and reformed working practices to find savings.

Jay Bevington, lead partner for local public sector at Deloitte in the North, said: “We are just halfway through the deficit reduction plan, and the next half will be the more difficult part.

“The next Spending Review will be the defining moment for Yorkshire and Humber’s public services.

“Key to making the remaining savings is thinking again about how our public services are designed and delivered.

“Productivity is a challenge for the whole economy, but in the public sector we’ve only ever got more from public services by spending more.

“Meeting the challenges of the future, increased demand – particularly in areas such as health – with less money, requires new ways of working.

“Those running public services in Yorkshire and Humber need to think about how, where and when public servants work to ensure time and resources are allocated as efficiently as possible.

“This means looking at how to make better use of technology, looking at how to manage the level of demand on services and introducing new working practices, including flexible working.