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Structured cost reduction

Drawing on our financial audit and value for money work, we have identified a number of areas where government is currently facing particular challenges. One challenge is for government to adopt a more structured approach to cost savings.

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HM Revenue and Customs: Progress on reducing costs

In 2011-12 HMRC maintained its performance while reducing staff and spending but it is too early to tell what the long-term impact of cost reduction will be.

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Published:
7 Feb 2013

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Early action: landscape review

Early action has the potential to improve outcomes and value for money, but evidence of its impact and cost-effectiveness is currently patchy.

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31 Jan 2013

House of Commons Speaker’s Committee – Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General

A report from the pages of the House of Commons Speakers Committee. The Committee’s report presents two pieces of work by the National Audit Office covering the Electoral Commission and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

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1 Mar 2012

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Reducing bureaucracy in further education in England

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Skills Funding Agency are pursuing a range of initiatives to simplify funding, qualification and assurance systems in further education. However, they do not know the scale of the problem faced by further education colleges and other providers.

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16 Dec 2011

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NAO Strategy 2012-13 to 2014-15

The NAO Strategy 2012-13 to 2014-15 sets out how we will apply the unique perspective of public audit to help Parliament and government drive lasting improvement in public services.

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14 Dec 2011

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Reducing costs in the Department for Transport

The Department for Transport started its preparations for the 2010 spending review early and took steps to improve and challenge the evidence on which it based its decisions with a view to securing value for money.

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14 Dec 2011

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Reducing costs in the Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions will have to make rapid progress in reorganising the way it operates if it is to meet its target of cutting costs by £20 billion in four years while achieving substantial reform of the welfare system.

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23 Jun 2011

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Managing staff costs in central government

Despite numbers of staff employed by central government falling slightly over the last decade, costs have increased by 10 per cent.

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Published:
11 Mar 2011

Short Guide: Reorganising arm’s length bodies

This paper highlights key issues for public bodies to consider in closing and merging arm’s length bodies.

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Published:
1 Dec 2010

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A framework for managing staff costs in a period of spending reduction

This paper sets out a framework for effective management of staff costs in a  challenging environment of cost reduction in public services. It builds on the high level principles set out in the NAO’s short guide to structured cost reduction.

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18 Aug 2010

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