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Cover of sanctions and rewards report

The use of sanctions and rewards in the public sector

This report contributes to the debate on incentivising public sector performance. It brings together the evidence on the effectiveness of sanctions and rewards (we commissioned Deloitte to conduct a review of the literature), summarises the results of our survey on their use in central government, and provides a practical guide on how to use them well. Discussions about how to lever greater levels of performance increasingly propose the use of these measures.

Published:
15 Sep 2008
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Making grants efficiently in the culture, media and sport sector

“Grants awarded in the culture, media and sport sector support a diverse range of programmes, from funding education schemes for children to getting more people involved in sport. Grant-makers do, however, need to get a better handle on the costs and efficiency of their grant making if they are to demonstrate that as much of the money as possible goes into cultural and sporting activities rather than on administrative overheads.”

Published:
22 May 2008
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Improving the disposal of public sector Information, Communication and Technology equipment

“Government has so far not given enough thought to how it disposes of its computers and related equipment. Growing concerns about the environment and the increasing volumes of equipment means this issue is becoming more important.

“Government needs to understand better the trade-offs between securing better immediate financial value and the wider environmental costs and benefits associated with the disposal of ICT equipment. It should then use this knowledge to develop appropriate procurement and disposal strategies.”

Published:
31 Jul 2007
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Local Area Agreements and the Third Sector: Public Service Delivery

“Both main political parties have highlighted the third sector’s important role in building a civil society. It is therefore disappointing that the new Local Area Agreements have not embraced the potential of the third sector to help deliver public services.

“More needs to be done by the departments involved and by local authorities to understand the work of third sector organisations, and how it can be used to obtain better value for money in delivering services.”

Neil Cleeveley, Director of Information and Policy at the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), said:

“NAVCA welcomes this report and is pleased that the Government is starting to address the issues it raises. Many of our members have been heavily involved in their Local Area Agreement, giving a good deal of time and effort to make them a success, often with very little recognition.

“NAVCA wants to see local area agreements work – the local third sector has a key role helping to bring about the improved public services they promise, especially in the most disadvantaged communities. It is still relatively early days – however NAVCA and its members will do all we can to help our partners in the public sector make the most of the third sector’s potential.”

Published:
6 Jun 2007
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Office of the Third Sector – Implementation of Full Cost Recovery

Full cost recovery remains an important principle for financial relationships between government and the third sector, but government departments have found difficulties in translating the principle into practice, according to a review published today by the National Audit Office. Today’s review examines the progress made by central government departments in ensuring that, by April 2006, … Read more

Published:
1 Jun 2007
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The Shareholder Executive and Public Sector Businesses

“Despite the Shareholder Executive’s limited powers, it has up to now provided good value for money to parliament and the taxpayer. The Executive has gone a long way in improving how government acts as a shareholder and should be commended for this.

“However, a number of barriers have been identified that could lead to future inefficiencies; and improvements could be made to the way in which the Executive’s performance is measured. The Government should take on board our recommendations if it is to build on its early work and set stretching targets for increasing the value of all public sector businesses”

Published:
28 Feb 2007
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The creation of Ofcom: wider lessons for public sector mergers of regulatory agencies

“Creating new organisations from mergers is fraught with difficulty and costs. The early evidence is that Ofcom’s creation has been successful.

“However, success in carrying out mergers is certainly not guaranteed. Given the large number of proposed mergers in the public sector, it is important that Government develops its expertise in managing mergers and its understanding of their costs and benefits.”

Published:
5 Jul 2006