MacKay Hannah

Public sector revenue generation (Edinburgh): creating surpluses, retaining services, protecting jobs

Fri 25th Apr 2014

, Ernst & Young Offices

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The current financial climate requires the public sector in Scotland to become more efficient, innovative and selective in their service design and delivery – to examine all possible avenues for cost and efficiency savings and explore opportunities, where appropriate, to create shared services. But with increasing budgetary constraints, all tiers of the public sector are exploring the potential for increasing income generation as part of their efforts to bridge budget gaps – creating revenue surpluses which, in turn, can be reinvested into the core delivery of public services.

With a welcome address from Mark Turley, Director of Services for Communities at City of Edinburgh Council, these interactive half-day training seminars aim to provide participants with ideas on how their department or their organisation can develop new service models and grasp potential income opportunities – enabling those with an entrepreneurial flair to sustain vital public services and jobs.


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Mark Turley

Director of Services for Communities, City of Edinburgh Council

Alex Hill

Chief Government Advisor - Scotland and Northern Ireland, Met Office

Alan Thomson

Head of Corporate Relations, Scottish Water

Richard Haynes

Director - Local Public Services, Ernst & Young

Ronnie Hinds

Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland and Local Government Benchmarking Board

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Rebecca Johnson was quoted as saying "Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it." My presentation at these half-day seminars will look at the Met Office's change from a vote funded organisation to a Trading Fund. In essence we now have to make a return on capital employed (ROCE) or to put it another way, a profit. I will share what happened and present some of the lessons learned from the process and the tensions which arose, some of which are still in evidence today, more than 15 years later.

Alex Hill,
Chief Government Advisor, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Met Office