This report examines the BBC’s progress in making savings and the impact of savings on its content and news coverage.
Cost reduction and affordability
All public services have to be delivered with lower budgets and show the public that they are affordable. Where government is reducing costs it could benefit from the lessons learnt and good practice identified in the NAO's public sector work. The biggest savings are being made through complete transformation of service delivery, including digital delivery of services. Substantial savings can also be made through specific aspects of financial management, such as reducing fraud and error and better management of assets and liabilities.
There are also risks to making savings, including to long-term innovation and investment. Government needs to ensure the long-term financial and service sustainability of local services, it must maintain strong oversight of contractors, and it should ensure environmental sustainability. Performance measurement is also key to providing the information needed to make crucial decisions.
Key NAO publications:
- Central government staff costs (Jun 2015)
- Forecasting in government to achieve value for money (Jan 2014)
- Evaluation in Government (Dec 2013)
- Financial management in government (Jun 2013)
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