Magazine article Public Finance

Shared Services Agenda Restarted

Magazine article Public Finance

Shared Services Agenda Restarted

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David Rowland, the permanent secretary at the Department for Transport, has been asked by the Treasury to co-ordinate Whitehall's latest attempt at a multi-billion pound savings drive through shared services.

Rowlands office this week confirmed to Public Finance that he has been 'tasked by the chief secretary to the Treasury [Des Browne] with driving forward the Whitehall Two agenda,' and would look at ways of co-ordinating shared services across ten departments.

Whitehall Two is the Cabinet Office's latest attempt to kick-start its stalled shared services programme; part of the government's plan to make billions of pounds in efficiency savings through merging 'back office' functions.

Last year, a proposed shared human resources project across three departments - the Cabinet Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Treasury was pulled after a review team at the Office of Government Commerce warned that it would not achieve the required critical mass of users and savings.

Now Rowland has been asked to formalise proposals to share HR, finance and IT functions across the departments for Constitutional Affairs; Education & Skills; Health; Trade & Industry; Culture, Media & Sport; Cabinet Office; ODPM; OGC; Treasury; and the Office for National Statistics. …

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