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Smarter Government – update of progress March 2010

The Government made a major step forward in the way that it operates with the publication in December 2009 of Putting the Frontline First: smarter government.

The publication set out a programme of actions to be taken across Government departments that were summarised in a forward plan. Significant progress was promised by the 2010 Budget with more to follow over the following months.

A comprehensive update has now been published which sets out how the Government have delivered on each of the commitments in the original document.

There are three broad strands to the programme: driving up standards by strengthening the role of citizens and civic society, freeing up public services by recasting the relationship between the centre and the frontline, and streamlining the centre of government.  The progress report is just the first step to achieving this vision, demonstrating the commitment to deliver a smarter, more responsive and more streamlined government.

Foreword to the progress report by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne

The publication in December 2009 of Putting the Frontline First: smarter government set out a fundamental change in the way Government will engage with citizens, and an overhaul in the way Whitehall operates.  This transformation is crucial to meeting our commitment to halve the deficit within four years, whilst protecting the frontline public services people depend on.

As the update we are providing today shows, real progress has been made toward meeting our commitments:

This progress report is just the first step toward delivering a smarter, more responsive and more streamlined government.