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Open access: Delivering quality and value in our public services

Research commissioned by the CBI from Oxford Economics shows the government could achieve major savings when public services open up to a range of diverse providers. These come primarily through efficiencies and productivity improvements – doing what is already done... (Continue reading)

Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Police Authority: Best Value Audit and Inspection

This is the fourth audit and inspection report on the performance by a police authority and force of their statutory duties on Best Value and Community Planning. It has been produced jointly by the Controller of Audit and Her Majesty’s... (Continue reading)

Aberdeenshire Council: Performance audit of housing and council tax benefit

Aberdeenshire Council has had two HB Performance risk assessments. The first was reported in September 2008 and the second in October 2010. The 2010 risk assessment identified that the council had a number of areas of good performance relating to... (Continue reading)

IPPR report: There’s no easy options in next year’s Spending Review

The trade-offs between the pace of deficit reduction, cuts to welfare, cuts to departmental budgets and increases in taxes are exposed in calculations for the next Spending Review published by the think tank IPPR. Read the report HERE    ... (Continue reading)

Scottish Draft Budget 2012 – 2013

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s proposed spending plans for 2013-14, for consultation with the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland. In publishing this Draft Budget, the Government renews its commitment to addressing the impact on Scotland of... (Continue reading)

Investing for the future: Why we need a British Investment Bank

This report presents a detailed blueprint for what British Investment Bank should look like in order to be fully effective in filling a gap in the British banking system. Read the report HERE    ... (Continue reading)

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Scrutiny of the draft budget 2012-13 and spending review 2011

On 21 September the Scottish Government published its draft budget for 2012-13 and spending review 2011. The normal timetable for budget scrutiny follows on from this: 21 September – Scottish Government publishes draft budget Mid-November – Subject Committees report to... (Continue reading)

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Youth unemployment: Government package not enough on its own, say MPs

In a report, the Work and Pensions Committee concludes that the Government’s Youth Contract is a good start in attempting to tackle youth unemployment but that, on its own, it will be insufficient, given the scale of the current problem.... (Continue reading)

DFID: The multilateral aid review

The 2011 DfID review of the £3.6bn spent through multilateral organisations (such as the UN) is a significant step towards achieving value for money. Read the report HERE... (Continue reading)

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Restructuring of the National Offender Management Service

The Agency will find it more difficult to meet its savings targets now that some sentencing reforms designed to reduce the prison population have been dropped. Read the report HERE  ... (Continue reading)

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