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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - RISE ABOVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

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Newham LBC finance adviser Martin Scarfe claims the council's director of finance is having sleepless nights over G...
Newham LBC finance adviser Martin Scarfe claims the council's director of finance is having sleepless nights over Gershon. He blames this on ring-fencing of education and social services, leaving other services to face 10% cuts (LGC, 28 January).

Ring-fencing does not prevent education and social services from improving their performance, and cuts to service or quality are not permitted under Gershon.

Modern performance topics such as value management will deliver productivity improvements in excess of 10% and this has been done in the public sector. Gershon is a demanding policy, but there is no reason why any council should not rise to the occasion.

Clive Bone

Senior partner, Bone & Robertson
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