Memorandum on the 2012 Civil Service Reform Plan

Memorandum on the 2012 Civil Service Reform Plan

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The government published its Civil Service Reform Plan (the Plan) in June 2012 ( It followed the publication of the 2011 Open Public Services White Paper (Cm.8145, ISBN 9780101814522) which called for a smaller, more strategic civil service that does less centrally, and commissions more from outside. The Plan has many themes in common with previous initiatives that attempted to reform the civil service, and adapt it to the changing needs of governments and public service users, but is arguably the broadest such reform programme since 1968. This Memorandum is intended primarily to inform the Committee's discussions with the leadership of the civil service about the Plan. Given that the Plan is less than a year old, it is not an evaluation of the reforms in the Plan, the progress made against them, or the implementation arrangements in place. It is designed to support the Committee to engage with the breadth of the Plan, so that they can use their influence to help ensure that its implementation improves efficiency, reinforces Parliamentary accountability and protects value for taxpayers and citizens. The Civil Service, in its present form as of 2012, employs 459, 000 people across 106 departments and other bodies. The annual spend on Civil Service pay is Ap16 billion. The projected cost reduction for the Civil Service, between 2010 to 2015 is Ap80 billion and the projected reduction in the number of full-time equivalent civil servants over the same period is 110, 000 representing about 23% of total staff.The Civil Service Reform Plan and improving value for money in government 2.1 The work of the Committee and the NAO is concerned with improving the value for money of public services. Where we have concluded that government has not anbsp;...

Title:Memorandum on the 2012 Civil Service Reform Plan
Author:Great Britain: National Audit Office
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-01-24


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