EFFICIENCY UNIT IMPROVING MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT: THE NEXT STEPS Report to the Prime Minister by Kate Jenkins Karen Caines Andrew Jackson LONDON: HMSO * Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence. 207 208 Politicians and public services CONTENTS Page Section 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Introduction Findings Conclusions Recommendations The next steps 1 3 7 9 15 Annexes A. Accountability to Ministers and Parliament on operational matters B. Findings Appendix A: Previous reports on the Civil Service C. Terms of reference and working method 17 21 31 33 The Next Steps Report 209 1 INTRODUCTION 1. As a result of initiatives taken since 1979, the management of government business is much improved, especially in those parts of government where there are clear tasks to be performed and services to be delivered. But there is still a long way to go; in particular there is insuﬃcient sense of urgency in the search for better value for money and steadily improving services. There is wide agreement in departments themselves that substantial further improvement is achieveable, but that this depends heavily on changing the cultural attitudes and behaviour of government so that continuous improvement becomes a widespread and in-built feature of it. This report makes recommendations on the structure and management needed for the better delivery of services both to the public and to Ministers, the experience that staﬀ need to be given and how sustained pressure for improvement can be developed. This should bring the changes needed in attitudes...
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