There is widespread agreement that there is an impending crisis in public sector finances. The impact on local government will be significant with many predicting a correction of between 25% - 30% of the cost base.
Pressure is coming from a number of directions and the role, shape and structure of local government is changing. The cumulative impact means that traditional responses won't be sufficient and some tough decisions have to be made. This is a time for strong leadership when the role of the Chief Executive in local government becomes pivotal to economic recovery. This report emphasises the importance of taking action now. Who will sink and who will swim?