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Cross-government working


Central government is organised into departments that plan and deliver their own objectives. Sometimes these objectives can be met perfectly well by departments acting alone, but in some instances Government priorities cut across departmental boundaries and require them to work together. There are several different types of cross-government working, from sharing best practice between departments to delivering complex programmes that cut across different departments. Priorities like net zero, adult social care, rough sleeping and vulnerable families all require this second type of cross-government working.

Cross-government working can allow the government to deliver outcomes more effectively and deliver better value for money, but it requires a clear concerted effort.

Based on a National Audit Office investigation into effective cross-government working, the Committee will question senior officials including from the Cabinet Office and the Treasury.

The inquiry will explore what effective cross-government looks like, good practice examples, and what are some of the barriers to cross-government working.

If you have evidence on this issue, please submit it here by 23:59 on Friday 24 November 2023. 

Please look at the requirements for written evidence submissions and note that the Committee cannot accept material as evidence that is published elsewhere.