Mike Yuille 23 April 2018

Report scathing on public sector accountability

Report scathing on public sector accountability image

Britain’s system of public sector accountability is failing to keep up with the realities of modern government, a think-tank has warned.

In a report published this week, the Institute for Government (IfG) cautioned that ‘weak accountability increases the risk of failure of public services – whether through financial mismanagement, chronic underperformance or the collapse of services’.

The report found patterns of failure occurring repeatedly.

Typically, this involved ministers and civil servants blaming each other when things go wrong, limiting the chances of lessons being learned.

Examples of this include the rollout of Universal Credit and, most recently, the Grenfell Tower blaze and Windrush immigration scandal.

Even when ministers are clearly at fault, many are not held to account, the think-tank said.

IfG researcher, Benoit Guerin, said: ‘A lack of accountability is worrying because it increases the risk of failure and decreases legitimacy of the state in the eyes of the public.’

Safely into school image

Safely into school

How many plans can be made when it comes to transport to education settings? Liz Davidson reports.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Communication & Engagement Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£36711 - £39774 per annum
The coronavirus pandemic has touched every aspect of the work councils do, and we're on the front line as the country recovers. Businesses need suppor England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Events and Project Administrator

Essex County Council
£20604.0 - £22664 per annum
Please note this position is to be offered on a 2 year, fixed term basis Interviews expected to be held 20/10/2020 for successfully shortlisted candid England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Adults Social Care

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£31,869 - £38,616
This is a very exciting time to join the team as we are currently going through a major re- design of our service. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Newly Qualified Social Worker (ASYE)

Barnet London Borough Council
£30,711 Per Annum
Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and their families? Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Regeneration Delivery Manager - Heritage Action Zone

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£42.684 - £45.585
This role requires experience of project managing and delivering heritage-focused schemes involving the built environment, an understanding of... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue