The Governments comprehensive spending review: assessing the impact on local government security services

Bolton, Paul (2015) The Governments comprehensive spending review: assessing the impact on local government security services. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 2010 the British Government announced a package of comprehensive spending reviews for government departments and local government that are predicted to reduce their controllable budgets by up to 50% by 2018. The spending review at that time set out how the then new coalition government will carry out Britain’s unavoidable financial deficit reduction plan.
    This study has critically assessed the impact of the government’s comprehensive spending review on the local government operated security services. The study has considered the historic, current and future planning elements of security service provision across areas such as control rooms (including alarm monitoring), CCTV, guarding, patrols, key holding and alarm response. The aim of this study is primarily to understand how such central Government reductions in grant funding have affected the provision of security based services, both in terms of the human impact (loss of jobs, changes in terms and conditions, TUPE), but also the economic impact in terms of reduction in business, outsourcing, conversion to arms length organisations and of greater concern, the possible reduction in levels and quality of security services operations.
    The research methodology has included a literature review and an in person interview with Council security/CCTV managers. The literature review has covered other historical spending reviews and also current spending review information provided by Government and Local Councils. The theory around new public management has been discussed and models of possible service redesigns will be reviewed. Links to previous government lead spending reviews has been considered with particular reference to the 1960’s review of British railways. Impacts on councils from around England has also been presented and discussed to give a greater insight into the current council austerity impacts. The findings from the interviews with security/CCTV managers is presented in both table and text formats. Analysis has then been undertaken on the data gathered to produce outcomes that are used as part of the conclusion and recommendations.
    In conclusion, the main aims and objectives of the study will be reviewed and outcomes of this study give a greater understanding, as to the impact of the spending review on direct services provided within local government and critically assess the current and future provision/planning. Recommendations include maintaining links with the council but increase developments in commercialism. Develop new service delivery models, with the ultimate aim of becoming self-funding and cost neutral.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 12:56
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2016 12:56

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