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The Efficiency and Reform Group's Role in Improving Public Sector Value for Money

HC 1352, Forty-ninth Report of Session 2010-12 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

Author:
House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher:
TSO (The Stationery Office)

The report, 'The Efficiency and Reform Groups Role in Improving Public Sector Value for Money (HC 1352)', stresses that in order to cut spending, the Efficiency and Reform Group (the Group) must make a deep change to both the culture and institutional structure of government as it has relied heavily on short term sustained efficiency improvements so far.

The Group was established within the Cabinet Office in May 2010 to lead efforts to cut government spending by 6 billion in 2010-11. Its long term aim is to improve value for money across government by strengthening the central coordination of measures to improve efficiency.

Confusion over who is accountable for what in terms of improving value for money, especially in defining its responsibilities and those of the Treasury and individual departments needs to be cleared up.

The Group's actions have resulted in efficiency savings of 3.75 billion across departments in 2010-11. It should continue to describe any future spending reductions accurately and explain any impact on services.

The scale of the challenge to deliver efficiencies is huge: the Government intends that half of the 81 billion reduction in spending planned over the next three years should come from efficiencies rather than through cuts to services or delays to important projects. Many of the efficiencies must be achieved in areas where the Group currently has a limited influence, or by local bodies, where it has none. The Group should set out how it will operate to ensure that its approach can be replicated across the wider public sector.

Extent 42 pages ISBN 9780215561664
Size A4 Price £11.00
Format Paperback Published 11 Oct 2011
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