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Reshaping the conversation: Aligning council spend with its priorities

James Edmondson

By analysing spend in this way, the tool places more focus on prevention and has prompted questions which may not have been asked before, such as:

  • Have we got the right level of investment for each council priority or does there need to be some rebalancing, especially post-Covid?
  • How can different directorates work more effectively with their budgets to achieve similar intended outcomes?
  • How can different directorates better coordinate budgets focused on early intervention or supporting independence, to utilise them more effectively?
  • How can different directorates better coordinate budgets for specific cohorts (such as vulnerable residents, business owners or learners) or specific ages, to utilise them more effectively?
  • Do multiple cost centres across multiple directorates lead to uncoordinated decision making?
  • Do resources support a preventative approach and is the balance sustainable in the long term?
  • Is the impact of preventative spend understood and how does this inform delivery and commissioning?

Supply-side savings initiatives have run their course. Simply looking at managing controllable demand is no longer an effective means to maximise value for money. It is now more important than ever to consider spend more holistically in a complex system, to achieve better outcomes for less.

Over the coming months we will use the spend mapping tool to analyse the spend distribution of councils across England. If you would like to learn more, do get in touch.

Written by

James Edmondson

Delivery Director, IMPOWER



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