With the prospect and impact of further budget cuts on Councils still hitting the headlines every day, let’s take a minute to salute those communications officers in councils around the country whose determination to find savings to help prop up beleaguered front line services is paying off.
Neil Wholey, Head of Research and Customer Insight, Westminster City Council and LGinsight Evaluation Lead for LGcommuncations found that while public sector communications teams are working hard to identify savings and efficiencies for their organisations, they just don’t have enough time to fulfil their work, reporting unplanned and reactive work as key concerns. However, despite sustaining more staffing cuts, the majority of those using Panacea Software have enough time to fulfil their work and spend less time fire-fighting or dealing with reactive, unplanned work – resulting in the impressive performance statistics they report in their case studies.
While the cost savings these public sector employees are finding make an impressive antidote to all the bad news about public sector spending, we are particularly pleased to note Wholey’s finding that 74% of public sector communications teams using Panacea Software are satisfied with their work – and so they should be!
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Of course, we recognise that it’s not just local government taking the strain, rather this is an encumbrance we all carry. The Cancer Drugs Fund in England, has been forced to cut funding for 16 different medicines, which are used in 23 various cancer treatments. This is just one instance in which we can see the burden facing NHS foundations who are under constant scrutiny to perform yet with reduced resources. They are pressured and try, to provide the best possible treatment for patients in their care, but this is becoming increasingly problematic. We will be doing further research in the forthcoming weeks to assess how this can change and what NHS trusts are doing to alleviate the mounting pressures.