The purpose of this section is to help public services manage their finances effectively and respond to the reductions in their funding in a thought-through and systemic way.

Our fundamental goal is to help support public services to make robust and sensible financial decisions, improve service delivery and minimise the impact of funding cuts on staff and citizens.

The guidance in this section is aimed at a varied audience. We intend it to help the people who manage the organisation’s financial accounts. We intend it help the people responsible for managing the consequences of cuts: political leaders and managers. We want this guide to help those whose role is to scrutinise the decisions being taken: politicians on committees, members of public services' boards and committees.

We also intend that local groups, citizens and service users can use the guide to engage with and contribute to the process of designing and delivering an effective response to public sector budget cuts.