Think Like a Man: New KPMG Official Looking Beyond Cost-cutting in Local Authorities
“The first wave of cost cutting is now largely in the past and councils are looking at more fundamental ways of bridging the future budget gap.”
Thus says Kru Desai, KPMG’s newly appointed head of its local and regional government practice.
Kru is a partner at the firm and leads its public sector management consulting practice in the UK. She has worked at KPMG for 12 years in total, having started her career with the firm in 1993, rejoining as a partner in 2010
Kru has over 20 years experience of leading large, complex transformation programmes in the devolved public sector seeking to improve quality of public services, address productivity and secure economic growth.
She says: “This is a time of huge change in the local government landscape. So the time is right for professional service firms like KPMG to consider how local authorities can meet their wider economic, social and environmental priorities without hitting a budget wall.
“It’s not just about reducing costs within each service area – there are bigger opportunities in looking at funding, productivity and demand management, for example. These raise common questions for all local authorities, but we are seeing increasing variation between councils in their chosen solutions. This divergence shows where innovation is happening. That’s a good thing – but it needs careful handling. And that’s where KPMG can make a difference.”