COMPLEXITY IS HARMING GOVERNMENT’S EFFICIENCY DRIVE

Headlines: February 22nd, 2012

Government departments have become overly complicated and this is stalling the coalition government’s efficiency drive. Departments are on average 30 per cent more complex than their largest private sector counterparts.

These are the main findings from The Public Sector Complexity Review, which also found that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is by far the most complex, followed by the Department for Transport and the Ministry of Defence. The Review surveyed over 150 civil servants across the major central government departments to assess the impact of a range of over 100 different complexity drivers on performance in their departments.

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CLOUD COMPUTING DEAL BRINGS CHEAPER SERVICES TO PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines: February 21st, 2012

The Cabinet Office has announced a deal with IT suppliers that gives all public sector organisations access to cloud based IT services. The G-Cloud framework is set to revolutionise the purchasing, management and delivery of public sector IT services.

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SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS TO SHAPE PUBLIC SERVICES OF THE FUTURE

Headlines: February 20th, 2012

Essex County Council is to finance family and community-based work with young people on the edge of care or custody with Social Impact Bonds. Essex is the first council to launch a bond funded programme. This form of funding is being pioneered by the Ministry of Justice in Peterborough prison.

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PUBLIC SECTOR STAFF WANT TO WORK IN THE CLOUD

Headlines: February 15th, 2012

As the Government’s first cloud-based service is set to go live in a few days, staff have given it a vote of confidence.

Over 60 per cent of public sector staff want to see the day-to-day software they use at work transferred to the cloud, according to a survey carried out by Virgin Business Media which covered some 5,000 businesses and public sector organisations. One in ten public sector staff are already using cloud software on a daily basis.

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CALL FOR USE NOW PAY LATER CHILDCARE

Headlines: February 13th, 2012

A Government supported “use now, pay later” scheme for childcare should be introduced to extend the benefits to a wider range of parents. This call comes from the Social Market Foundation thinktank

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DAYCARE LOTTERY REVEALED BY WATCHDOG

Headlines: February 9th, 2012

Daycare for three and four year olds is a lottery based on income and postcode. Take-up varies and at he bottom end is just 62 per cent. The National Audit Office wants this remedied.

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MPs CALL FOR BETTER JOINED UP HEALTHCARE

Headlines: February 8th, 2012

The key to securing better outcomes for older people and other vulnerable groups, and to delivering the required efficiency savings for the NHS is joined up services, say MPs on the Health Select Committee.

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NUDGING PEOPLE AWAY FROM FRAUD AND TOWARDS PAYING DEBTS

Headlines: February 7th, 2012

Trials across the country are showing that fraud against public sector bodies and collection of debts can be influenced without the use of law. People can be encouraged, or nudged, to conform. Not only is nudging effective, it comes at a low cost.

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JUST CUTTING FRONTLINE SERVICES WILL NOT DO – CHAIR OF PARIAMENTARY COMMITTEE WARNS DEPARTMENTS

Headlines: February 2nd, 2012

Simply cutting front line services will put services at risk and reduce long term value for money. Departments must look to deliver services in radically more efficient ways to deliver the cuts planned. There must be changes in the way departments operate. This warning comes from Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts.

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CONCERN AT POOR RESPONSE TO COUNCIL TAX FREEZE OFFER

Headlines: February 1st, 2012

Less than half the councils across the country have responded to the offer of grants to freeze or reduced council tax. The offer was made in November 2011 and there is just over a month to go before budget decisions are taken.

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