Changes to back office services save over £73million: Foster

Date published: 08 October 2015

Finance Minister Arlene Foster says over £73million has been saved through changes to back office support services in the public sector.

The Minister was speaking at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, (CIPFA) Northern Ireland Annual Conference, entitled ‘A new dawn: working together to build sustainable public services,’ in Belfast, today.

Addressing the two-day conference the Minister said: “Our Public Sector Reform Programme, which has been designed to improve services, raise productivity and reduce costs, is already making savings through shared services, such as HR, IT and finance. We have achieved £73million of savings in streamlining public sector back office processes from 2006 to 2014.”

Arlene Foster added: “A review is underway across Departments to identify new work processes that can generate revenue and reduce expenditure. This work is in addition to the OECD Public Governance Review, which is examining how our public services compare globally and where we can make improvements.

“The OECD Review will bring forward recommendations to maximise the impact of current reform across the Northern Ireland public sector on both the quality of public services and value for money to the taxpayer. The Review, due to complete by the end of November 2015, will make recommendations which will help to inform the development of the next Programme for Government.”

Arlene Foster concluded: ‘Whilst we have made progress on reforming our public services there is much more to do. The challenges currently facing us will be exacerbated by increased pressures on public spending and increased demand for government services on a daily basis.

“A fundamental element to the success of this programme lies in encouraging collaboration between government departments and partnership working across all sectors.”


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