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We reviewed the land and buildings management arrangements at 30 of the larger Welsh public sector bodies including local government, police, fire and most central government bodies. In the NHS we undertook a central review, supported by limited local fieldwork prior to the recent reorganisation. Arrangements for the management of NHS land and buildings have been guided by a range of all-Wales policies and procedures which have provided the basis for a more consistent approach in that sector. We also held ‘shared learning seminars’ across Wales to support the identification and sharing of good practice.
Public services are facing their biggest challenge for at least a generation. The figures in this report show that public services in Wales face significant reductions in their budgets in the coming years. This report is intended to help public services develop that response, by setting out the scale of the challenge they face and the key lessons from our work.
Cardiff University’s Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) was commissioned to undertake an evaluation of systems thinking in the public sector on behalf of the Wales Audit Office as part of its programme focusing on efficiency and the constrained public sector financial environment.
The Assembly Government published a new sustainable development Scheme in May 2009, called One Wales: One Planet. This report looks at Assembly Government
decision making and sustainable development in the 10 year period prior to the publication of this new sustainable development scheme. We asked the question, ‘Is the Assembly Government’s business decision making process supporting its sustainable development objectives?’