Posts tagged: "Financial sustainability"
Posted on March 22, 2018 by Michael Burke
Would you be willing to pay more tax to fund care? What about paying more towards your own or your parents’ care in old-age or if you find yourself in need of disabled care? What quality of care would you expect? Are you an unpaid carer yourself? Compromises may be needed in the funding and delivery of social care in light of the combined pressures of cuts in the budgets of local governments, which spend £14.8 billion funding the care, and the high vacancy and turnover rates in the adult social care sector. Our recent reports highlight the scale of the challenges facing the government as it plans for the future. more… The social care challenge
Posted on March 6, 2017 by Amyas Morse
I was privileged to speak to The Strand Group at King’s College London in early February on some of the elements needed for government to successfully implement major change programmes in complex, interconnected systems. The examples on which I focused were local, adult social care and NHS services in light of devolution, fiscal restraint and Brexit. After my talk, I was asked many interesting questions, some of which I would like to explore in more detail in this post. [See here for the video and transcript.] more… A flexible, engaged approach to efficient public services
Posted on January 27, 2017 by Tom Tyson
Have you been ‘nudged’ into a workplace pension? Feel up to speed with changes to the state pension? Confident you’ll have a comfortable retirement? Worried there’ll be more changes – to your pension schemes and/or pension age? Do you understand who does what in the world of pensions? With pension reforms shifting responsibility for retirement planning to individuals and away from the state, to provide clarity, we’ve just launched a Pensions Landscape site to explain who does what in this complex landscape and the key challenges facing the government. more… Navigating a changing pensions landscape
Posted on December 12, 2016 by Jeremy Lonsdale
The UK’s biggest ever aircraft carrier, the nuclear deterrent… behind the large and expensive defence programmes that we hear about are people. People who need suitable work environments and a home – and that means buildings. The built estate is a vital part of our defence capability. Yet the Ministry of Defence (MOD) faces a shortfall of at least £8.5 billion of funding over the next 30 years just to bring its buildings up to a good standard of condition. And that doesn’t include the homes for service families, many of which have been a cause of growing dissatisfaction. With housing crucial to morale and staff retention, there’s considerable interest in ensuring our service personnel are satisfied with their homes. So what is the current state of the MoD’s buildings and what are the lessons for other organisations managing large property estates? more… Our defence estate – right size, right condition, right price?
Posted on October 20, 2016 by Ashley McDougall
Local authorities are under pressure. Demographics, cuts in central government funding, statutory services and public expectations combine to pose huge challenges to the financial sustainability of services. Has the limit to efficiencies been hit? We spoke to local authorities to find out if there’s still scope for improved value for money and to discover what works and what will prevent local public service reform. more… Local service reform: is it all about the money?
Posted on May 31, 2016 by Nick Bateson
An income of £659 billion. Spending of £734 billion. Liabilities over £2 trillion. A £152 billion deficit. The Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) is the truly big picture of government finances: the net financial position of 6,000 public organisations – the entire public sector. There is no more complete record of what the government spends, receives, owns and owes. Dig into the details and you can uncover crucial indications of the long-term financial health of the country. more… Summing the parts of the whole (of government accounts)
Posted on February 3, 2016 by Aileen Murphie
Deficit reduction means less money for most government departments and, in turn, for the local services they fund. In four recent reports we have pointed to the consequences when central government departments decide on funding reductions without the understanding needed to ensure the sustainability of services and organisations. Looking across these reports we identify key lessons for departments making funding decisions that impact locally. more… Local services: managing demand, money and quality
Posted on January 11, 2016 by Geraldine Barker
Major projects are risky. They’re complex. They’re costly. They’re high-profile. They’re interdependent. They’re prone to falling short of promised benefits and/or exceeding budgets. In short, they are challenging to deliver. And much of government’s work is delivered through major projects. With the publication on 6 January of our briefing for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Delivering major projects in government, and the recent creation of our new Managing major projects web-page, I’m delighted to share some of lessons we’ve identified from our review of hundreds of major projects over many years. more… The challenges of major projects
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Sue Higgins
There’s never a good time to spend money inefficiently, but the recent Spending Review reinforces the great importance of making every pound count. As the watchdog on value for money, the NAO has repeatedly come across four issues that frequently impede public service improvement and lead to poor services for citizens. They are not specific to individual sectors or related to particular policies. They are, rather, behaviours; often unconscious. The good news is: they can be avoided! more… The art of spending public money wisely
Posted on December 14, 2015 by Amyas Morse
In my discussions with the organisations we audit, and in their formal feedback to us, they tell us how much they value the knowledge and insight the NAO can share from our work across government. They want to see the good practice, hear the lessons, and discover opportunities to learn from others and reduce duplication. As Head of the NAO, I’m delighted to respond to this request by launching this ‘NAO blog’ and the associated new ‘Topics’ pages on our website. They are among a number of ways we are investing in doing more to share with and help public bodies.