Annal Nayyar- Spending Review 2013: Osborne calls for greater integration of services

Annal Nayyar- Spending Review 2013: Osborne calls for greater integration of services

Chancellor George Osborne has signalled he expects further sharing of local government and other public sector services to help deliver a 10% cut in council budgets for 2015/16.

In his detail of the £11.5bn savings due to be made that year for the next Spending Review, almost half of which will be in further efficiency savings, Mr Osborne said that local government had to continue to reduce staff and merge managements.

He also hinted at ‘greater integration of local emergency services’ although he praised local government for having ‘already taken difficult decisions to reduce staff numbers, share services and make savings.’

The Chancellor also called for much closer integration between health and social care saying: ‘I will be bringing together a significant chunk of the health and social care budgets. I want to make sure everyone gets a properly joined up service where they won’t have to worry if that service is coming from the NHS or the local council.’

He added: ‘Integrated health and social care: no longer a vague aspiration but concrete reality, transforming the way we look after people who need our care most.’

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