Public sector needs to shape up

October 1999
Accountancy;Oct99, Vol. 124 Issue 1274, p16
Trade Publication
The public sector is neither healthy, in good shape nor "well qualified for the task" of dealing with the challenges of the next century, according to Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales ( ICAEW) president Dame Sheila Masters. And the current government's programme of reform in this area merely represents a re-labeling and re-energising of the policies and practices of the last 20 years. Dame Sheila, who was giving the ICAEW inaugural lecture last month, identified a number of points that needed to be addressed in order to get the public sector into shape. One of the fundamental issues, she said, was to bring the government into the information age, the development of "e-government." She also suggested rethinking the relationship between the government, the public and the private sectors. "Political sentiment will determine what kind of public sector we have in the 21st century" she concluded.


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