Move to zero base budgeting across the board
All public authorities must move to zero-based budgeting, questioning the spend of every single public pound. Only by undertaking this fundamental review of public services can we hope to ensure budgetary control and therefore sustainable service design and delivery.
The use of annualised Base budgets has had its day. It is time that the Elected Members of local government and Board members of appointed government bodies moved from concerning themselves with single figure percentage of the budget to the budget as a whole.