With national debt reduction as a key priority for Government, departments are experiencing a need for better financial discipline, the closure/curtailment of specific policy projects and programmes and a reduction in on-going operational costs.

This challenging context is combined with increasing demand for certain public services, as well as a policy emphasis on reducing the role of the state, be it by creating an environment where the voluntary sector delivers certain services, or delegating central regulatory and financial responsibilities to a regional level.

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