Posts tagged: "Financial sustainability"
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.