The Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has helped departments make significant savings, according to a report by the National Audit Office. Overall, the NAO has confidence in the Ap5.5 billion of savings in 2011-12 attributed to the influence of ERG. However, there has not been enough focus so far on the sustainability of savings. Among the contributions made by ERG towards reducing the cost of staff in departments are changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme; restrictions on employing consultants and temporary staff; and the monitoring of the recruitment of permanent staff, central control over procurement of common goods and services and review of major ICT and other projects. Today's report does point out that savings to date have differing degrees of sustainability. The level of savings from commercial negotiation with major suppliers and from the advertising moratorium was lower than that in 2010-11. Similarly, some of the 2011-12 savings are unlikely to be sustained.The Cabinet Officea#39;s Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has helped departments make significant savings, according to a report by the National Audit Office.
|Title||:||The Efficiency and Reform Group|
|Author||:||Great Britain: National Audit Office|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-04-17|