cipfa wales sets out blueprint for Welsh public service reform

23-09-2013

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in Wales have submitted a consultation paper to the Welsh Government’s Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery.

The CIPFA submission contains a five point plan for public service reform in Wales and suggests ways in which the commission could start to lay the foundations of the future financial sustainability of Welsh public services.

CIPFA intends the blueprint to be a constructive intervention at a time when managing public sector finances in Wales continues to be challenging; with the Welsh Government budget set to be cut again by 2% (£11.5bn) in 2014/15.

Chris Tidswell, Head of CIPFA Wales, commented:

”We all know that times are tough and that it is now more important than ever that we get as much value as possible from every pound of public money spent in Wales.

“Our blueprint aims to assist the commission in its work and provide insightful and constructive analysis from CIPFA on how best the Welsh Government can lay the foundations for the future success of public services in Wales.”

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Notes to Editors:

CIPFA Wales has set out a five point plan for public service reform within their submission to the Welsh Government’s Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery. Their five points are:

  1. A core and options approach to Welsh public services in which a core tax funded service, with an emphasis on preventative spend, are provided free at the point of delivery to the people of Wales. Any additional services or service enhancements would be subject to user charges.
  2. Accelerated reform of proportionate scrutiny and accountability framework (including regulation) from government to and across public sector bodies. This is likely to require a single scrutiny body and integrated models of scrutiny in each public body.
  3. More effective horizontal collaboration across the public sector, to integrate citizen centred service delivery and improves efficiency without diminishing safety and quality. Wales has a good record of collaborative working but there is a crowded landscape of more than 900 public bodies.
  4. Commencement for a state of readiness for the potential implementation of the recommendations of the Silk Committee which have the power to provide the Welsh Government with additional leverage to manage public services including tax raising and borrowing powers.
  5. An integrated performance management framework which enables improved management of performance at government and organisational levels and which includes demonstrable evidence that benchmarking sits at the heart of performance improvement.