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.



Making Government More Efficient

The United Kingdom's Efficiency Unit, reporting to the Prime Minister's Adviser on Efficiency and Effectiveness, was created in 1979. The role of the Unit is to advise on how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of central government and to help government departments to improve the value for money of the resource which they use. It does this through an Efficiency Scrutiny programme.


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