This report draws together insights from our previous reports and those of the PAC on the role of, and recent changes to, the centre of government. The centre of government has responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the work of government, enabling it to achieve its strategic aims and ensuring there is a central view of the effective operation of government as a whole. Most of these strategic functions are performed by the Cabinet Office and the Treasury.

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Our report is not intended to be a comprehensive examination of the roles and functions of the Cabinet Office and the Treasury; and we do not conclude on the value for money of the centre of government.

We examine in particular:

  • current responsibilities of the centre, relationships with other departments, and spending and staffing information;
  • recent changes to the centre, including what these changes were intended to achieve; and
  • findings on the centre from past NAO and Committee reports.

June 2014




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