Deloitte‘s public sector partners have reacted to the recently released budget put out by the United Kingdom’s budget office in relation to its impact on public finances, education and policies, Mondaq reports.
Rebecca George, Deloitte public sector partner, said the government faces a tougher Spending Review in June and that “austerity is going to be the norm in the public sector for years to come.”
“Those departments being asked to find savings will have been through this process two or three times already and cuts alone simply won’t be enough to tackle the long term strains on public finances,” she said.
Julie Mercer, Deloitte head of education, noted that “skills and higher education funding come under pressure as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills faces an extra squeeze.”
“The new National Crime Agency and College of Policing will both need to earn credibility quickly, and the effectiveness of border and immigration operations will remain a key focus area,” said James Taylor, policing and home affairs leader.