Over the last five years, the public sector has worked hard to deliver more for less. Public sector reforms and efficiencies have made a significant contribution to fiscal consolidation, and the hard decisions the government has taken on pay restraint have protected jobs.
However, the job is not yet done. As work to eliminate the deficit continues, it is more important than ever that every part of the public sector demonstrates that it is using public money efficiently and responsibly. This guidance note is a reminder of the rules that are in place and the government’s expectations on public sector employers.