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Focus on Citizens, Davies Argues

Magazine article Public Finance

Focus on Citizens, Davies Argues

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Public bodies in Wales must stop putting their own needs first and instead focus on meeting the expectations of citizens for quality services, the minister in charge has warned.

Andrew Davies, the Welsh minister for finance and public service delivery, has called on the country's public sector managers to shift their attention from inputs to outcomes.

He was speaking at a conference organised by the Welsh Assembly Government, and sponsored by CIPFA which brought together finance directors from across the Welsh public sector.

Davies acknowledged that the public sector had received a 'tough finance settlement' for 2008 to 2011, following last year's Comprehensive Spending Review, but he told conference delegates that this was not a justification for poor performance.

He said: 'It isn't what we spend, it's what we get in return that matters, so the focus will increasingly be on outcomes. We should be judged not on how much we spend on specific initiatives, but on whether we meet our aims'

Davies told delegates he would shortly be publishing a consultation paper, Principles/or citizen-centred governance, which would set out the change in culture that he wanted. …

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