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Operational Efficiency Programme

07 December 2009

The Operational Efficiency Programme was launched by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 3rd July 2008.

Building on the SR04 Efficiency Programme, which successfully delivered over £26.5 billion in savings, and on plans to deliver another £35 billion in savings as part of the CSR07 value for money programme, the Operational Efficiency Programme has taken a close look at achieving greater efficiency in a number of cross-cutting areas. Reviews were conducted by experienced individuals whose advice and recommendations were published alongside Budget 2009 (Final Report) and in May 2009 (supplementary documents on: back office and IT; collaborative procurement; and, property).

The reviewed areas and lead advisors were:

The recommendations were accepted by Cabinet, and work is ongoing to deliver against them. Alongside the publication of ‘Putting the Frontline First’ (7 December 2009), two related documents were published:


A number of themes emerged throughout the programme, building on the best of private and public sector practice to achieve:

Full details of findings and recommendations can be found in the Operational Efficiency Programme: final report.

More details on the terms of reference for each workstrand can be found in the Operational Efficiency Programme Prospectus.


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