Posts tagged: "Public sector reform"
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 November 22, 2016 by Charles Nancarrow
What do energy suppliers, railways, doctors and rubbish collectors have in common? The answer: they, and many others, deliver essential services that involve, to a greater or lesser extent, a ‘market mechanism’. In a world with a wide range of public service delivery mechanisms, including direct service provision (the military, tax collectors, police, NHS A&E services etc.) our new public service Market Analytic Toolkit is the latest NAO resource designed to help government address a set of new challenges around its use of markets to deliver public services, including oversight, consumer protection, regulation and helping to achieve effective competition and innovative delivery. more… Making public sector markets work
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 July 21, 2016 by Joshua Reddaway
Innovation, flexibility, value for money, specialist expertise, local knowledge: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can bring great benefits to the delivery of public sector contracts. Economic growth can be created, competition increased and local investment and social outcomes encouraged. But government needs to think differently if it is to overcome the barriers to contracting between government and SMEs – especially voluntary, community or social enterprises (VCSEs). more… SMEs to VCSEs: barriers to benefits
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 18, 2015 by Yvonne Gallagher
Government’s austerity and reform agenda means delivering the same or better with less resource. This means changing fundamentally the way that public services are delivered; a goal which is proving challenging. Digital solutions are key to that transformation. But to succeed government needs the digital and technology (DaT) profession to have business change skills, as well as IT, technology and data skills, and these are in short supply, as our recent digital skills survey shows. more… Skills for digital transformation