Managing escalating demand for public services in a time of financial austerity: a case study of family interventions

Prowle, A, Murphy, P ORCID: 0000-0001-8459-4448 and Prowle, M, 2014. Managing escalating demand for public services in a time of financial austerity: a case study of family interventions. The Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services, 12 (1). ISSN 1475-1283

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Abstract

The UK (along with many other countries) is facing the challenges of financial austerity with little or no growth in public funding for the foreseeable future. This creates particular challenges for public services as economic downturns often increase the demand for public services at a time when resources are constrained. A particular service of this type is the provision of support to ‘troubled’ families through what are termed family interventions, in one local authority area, and the impact of financial austerity on those services. It considers the strategic options available for dealing with the dilemma of increasing demand and declining resources, and assesses the implications of implementing these options. It also considers the key factors which inhibit the development and implementation of such approaches, in order to provide a starting point for developing a practical strategy for dealing with the challenges ahead. Finally, it considers how the findings related to family interventions can be applied to other services in a similar situation of increasing demand and decreasing resources.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services
Creators: Prowle, A., Murphy, P. and Prowle, M.
Publisher: CIPFA
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2014
Volume: 12
Number: 1
ISSN: 1475-1283
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:31
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:31
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14080

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