Chancellor to launch public sector Productivity Programme


The Chancellor is set to reveal a public sector Productivity Programme, setting out the case for innovation and reform across public services to unlock productivity.

A new review has found that some public servants are spending a day a week on admin tasks.

It is hoped that some of the improvements being considered could free up over 38 million police hours each year – almost 750,000 hours every week - for police officers to perform frontline duties and cut a teacher’s workload by up to five hours a week.

An update to the Treasury’s Public Sector Productivity Programme will be published in the Autumn Statement. It has revealed opportunities to cut admin, safely harness AI and deliver early interventions to relieve pressure on public services.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said: "Our public servants are among the best in the world, but we don’t help them or taxpayers when a day every week is wasted on admin.    

"We must do better by cutting admin, preventing problems before they emerge and safely introducing new technology like AI. This will deliver happier workforces, better public services and a stronger economy."

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