A report was published on November 17 by HM Treasury; the Public Value Review calls for a sharper results culture in public services. It looks into how central government can ensure it is delivering maximum value for money in public services such as hospitals, schools and other essential services. It sets out a practical, new approach to understanding public sector productivity which aims to ensure that ongoing improvements in the delivery of public services become firmly embedded in daily working practice. The project team involved has explored how government understands and measures the impact of every taxpayer pound, and the ensuing report advises a central recommendation for government to introduce a new Public Value Framework across departments that will be used by government to measure the likelihood that public spending will directly improve people’s lives. More details and further recommendations can be found here along with a link to the report. We will no doubt come back to this on Public Spend Forum.

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