A Profile of the Public Service of the UK

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Commonwealth member governments have been taking part in a unique mapping exercise, identifying the actual changes which have been made in some key areas of public service management. The Public Country Profile Series sets out the results of the mapping exercise, country by country, to provide an unprecedented insight into the real managerial and structural changes under way in the public service.

In providing some firm ground on which those public servants, both elected and appointed, who are faced with the challenge of public service reform can stand while assessing the options available, the Public Country Profile Series marks a milestone in the debate concerning the management of the public service.



Improving the Management of Finance

Internal audit is responsible for the systematic and independent review and appraisal of accounting, financial and other management systems. In the U.K. there is no statutory obligation for government departments to maintain an internal audit service but failure to do so may lead to criticism by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The permanent head of a government department is personally accountable to Parliament, through the PAC, for resources for which he or she is the Accounting Officer.


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