House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts: Civil Service Reform - HC 473

House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts: Civil Service Reform - HC 473

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The 2012 Civil Service Reform Plan (the Plan), published in June 2012, outlines plans to transform the civil service so that it is sharper and quicker, more delivery-focused, and has sufficient commercial, digital, project and change management skills. The Cabinet Office is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Plan. The Committee hope that the reforms and enhanced capabilities will help prevent the failures in project and programme delivery it has seen so often, but is concerned, however, that government has not set itself objective measures for assessing the impact of its reforms. If the public is to have confidence in the system for holding permanent secretaries accountable, the Government must be clear about the detail of what each permanent secretary is expected to achieve and how their performance will be assessed. Commercial and contracting skills in the civil service remain weak and underdeveloped, despite the many attempts to address this skills deficiency in recent years. Efforts to fill skills gaps are hindered by real or perceived barriers to recruiting people with the necessary expertise and paying them enough. The process for overseeing major projects lacks real teeth and is seemingly unable to stop ill-conceived or poorly-managed projects. Yet the Government will only be successful in cutting public spending with minimum impact on frontline services if it finds new and innovative ways to deliver its programmes. This innovation can only be implemented if the Civil Service has the necessary skills and competencies.The MPAa#39;s assurance reviews, which include a mandated early Starting Gate review for all major new initiatives, ... Stephen Barclay asked whether I could confirm how many Cabinet sub-committees there have been over the last 12 months. ... Meg Hillier asked to see the turnover of different professional groups and for the number of Civil Servants who are paid a salary above that of the Prime Minister.

Title:House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts: Civil Service Reform - HC 473
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-09-20


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