Belfast Telegraph

Executive 'will need a sack of cash'

By Staff Reporter

The Executive would need a "sackful of cash" to tackle problems in public services stemming from heightened demand, subdued budgets and stagnated reform programmes.

An anonymous senior civil servant spoke as part of the annual State of the State report, drawn from interviews with civil servants and public sector employees.

The report revealed that public sector leaders overwhelmingly want to see a return of devolved government to make decisions on essential transformation projects, but they warned of the tough challenges that await future elected ministers. Departments have pushed their powers in the public interest, but civil servants said elected representatives mandated by the public are now urgently needed.

The report was produced by business advisory firm Deloitte and think tank Reform.

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