Magazine article Public Finance

Progress on Transformation Agenda Uncertain

Magazine article Public Finance

Progress on Transformation Agenda Uncertain

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The government s public service transformation programme is mired in uncertainty, with the Cabinet Office unable to say how many of the outcome targets set for 2008 have been met.

The Transformational Government programme was first launched by the Cabinet Office in 2005. It was followed by a December 2006 report, Service transformation, produced by Sir David Varney for the thenchancellor Gordon Brown. This was enshrined in the Service Transformation Agreement, published with the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Varney is now the prime minister's adviser on public service transformation.

But the Cabinet Office was unable to say this week whether it had met any of the 124 outcome and output targets for 2008, set out in its document, Transformational government implementation plan: workstrand updates 2007/08.

The targets cover areas from service design and shared services to data sharing, 'reliable project delivery' and information management.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told Public Finance there had been a strategic review' of the way outputs were monitored in April, She added: 'They are working to a new set of targets from the original report, so those targets are no longer relevant and the new targets will be published next year. …

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