Repeating an exercise from 2010, George Osborne wrote to millions of public sector workers in autumn 2015, inviting them to take part in a survey to suggest ideas on how public services could be delivered more efficiently.
Driving 25,000 miles a year for business is considered to be the third most dangerous activity only behind deep sea fishing and mining and accounts for an estimated 1 in 4 of all collisions on our roads. But how seriously do we take the risk?
The Autumn Statement paints a positive picture overall, pointing to the way in which the UK’s economy has grown three times faster than that of Japan and twice as fast as France, outpacing Germany and keeping up with US economic growth. The Office of Budget Responsibility has forecast sustained growth in GDP of 2.3-2.4%.
Developing innovative and alternative revenue streams is now increasingly important - if not a necessity - if the public sector is to sustain the model of making efficiency savings at the same time as improving services (both regarding the quality and extent of those services), and providing an overall value for money for residents.
On the face of it, the answer might seem obvious. After all, it's those in the public sector who have locked horns with the government in various forms of an industrial dispute over the last few years. Most recently, and most high profile has been Junior Doctors - wrangling over their new contracts being imposed by the government. This looks set to continue despite an unprecedented strike being narrowly averted at the last hour earlier this month.
As the economy continues to grow there is a fair amount of positivity within the private sector in the UK. After five years of decline, in 2015, UK workers are beginning to see a rise in real wages as pay growth finally outstrips inflation. And 2015 looks set to be the year of another recovery too - as more permanent, rather than temporary, jobs being created.