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total Place: Con-Dem (ned)?

12 May 2010

Following days of extensive political wrangling this morning sees the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats celebrate a historic new partnership and signifies the start to a significant shake up in the way public services are delivered as the new coalition Government announces the acceleration of £6bn of public spending cuts.

Prior to the General Election both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats publicly declared their commitment to supporting the development of further integration between public sector organisations.

Whether the new Government will choose to achieve these cuts by building on the Total Place agenda developed by Labour over the last twelve months, which supports a ‘whole system approach’ to the commissioning and delivery of public services, or whether it will seek to attain short term savings without realising any widespread public sector reform remains to be seen. What is clear is that change is on the horizon and it’s likely to be big.

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