Managing financial resources to deliver public services

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The Stationery Office, Feb 20, 2008 - Administrative agencies - 46 pages
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This report examines the management of financial resources to deliver better public services effectively. Divided into four parts, with appendices, it looks at the following areas: Part 1: The importance of managing financial resources; Part 2: Developing the skills and awareness necessary for effective financial resource management; Part 3: Improving departments' use of techniques and practices for managing financial resources; Part 4: The impact of improved management and financial resources. Financial rsource management is relevant to every aspect of a Government department's business. By 2010-11, central government spending is forecast to grow to 678 billion, which represents 11,000 for every person in the UK. The NAO has set out a number of findings and recommendations, including: that the lack of financial skills and awareness amongst non-finance staff remains a significant barrier to improving the management of financial resources across government; that some departments lack a qualified Finance Director at Board level; that senior managers in many departments are not provided with incentives to promote sound management of financial resources; that Departments could do more to improve their forecasting capabilities; that some Departments are not sufficiently well placed to integrate financial and operational performance information; that many Departments do not always ensure the full assessment of the financial implications of policy proposals.

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