One of the biggest challenges facing public services is the siloed system of public funding emanating from Westminster. CIPFA have called for much more flexibility of thinking in how money is spent. This feels particularly important in a period of funding challenges. By 2020 the public need to feel like they are receiving seamless public not , not having to deal with a multitude of delivery vehicles which are patchy and uncoordinated.
CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to give public bodies greater flexibility to respond to Brexit and other areas of financial uncertainty. In a briefing ahead of the Autumn Statement, the institute urged the government to move away from short-term financial fixes and to gain a better understanding of what impact previous spending decisions have had on the quality and outcomes of public services.In its statement, CIPFA highlighted that much will be riding on the direction of this year’s Autumn Statement, which Hammond has indicated could see a reset of the public finances as part of new fiscal rules