Why 'savings' is a dirty word in government

The government landscape is complex, with departments and their arms-length bodies maintaining a high degree of autonomy. This means that departments are also ultimately responsible for securing value for money from the goods and services they buy through commercial relationships.

The National Audit Office (NAO) estimates that there are over 100,000 commercial relationships in place across the five largest Whitehall departments, and there will be many more across government as a whole. The intention is that each and every one will deliver value for money - this report examines the reality. 

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