Efficiency and Reform Group

The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), established in 2010, was part of the Cabinet Office which worked in partnership with HM Treasury to form the corporate centre for UK Government.[1] Its objectives were to reform the way government works and to support the transformation of government services by driving cost savings and focusing on growth.[2]

Efficiency and Reform Group
FormationMay 2010
ExtinctionOctober 2014
HeadquartersWithin HM Treasury building, 1 Horse Guards Road
  • London, Newport, Norwich and Liverpool
Region served
United Kingdom
Minister responsible
The Rt Hon. Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office
Chief Executive
John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service
Permanent Secretary
Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary
Parent organization
Cabinet Office

ERG worked collaboratively with government departments to identify common areas for savings. It aimed to help government departments to deliver at least £20bn of efficiencies in the financial year 2014–15.[3]

The ERG was dissolved in October 2014 as part of the Public bodies transformation programme.[4]


The group was led by the Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni.[5]

The group reported to the then Minister for Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer.[6] It also worked in partnership with HM Treasury.[7]

Ways of workingEdit

ERG works to achieve these savings in five different clusters:

  1. Corporate – implementing management information and spending controls and developing the next wave of efficiencies.[8]
  2. Efficiency – helping government act together as one customer to lower expense.[9]
  3. Growth – ensuring all of government acts with one plan and seeking opportunities to stimulate UK growth.
  4. Projects – to ensure the success of government's most significant projects.[10]
  5. Transformation – transforming public services by delivering digital change and new commercial models.[11][12][13][14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Efficiency and Reform Group Cabinet Office
  2. ^ The Efficiency and Reform Group’s role in improving public sector value for money National Audit Office
  3. ^ Hold our feet to the fire over efficiency in government The Guardian 6 November 2012
  4. ^ "Efficiency and Reform Group - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ Chief executive for civil service appointed GOV.UK 2 October 2014
  6. ^ The Rt Hon Ben Gummer MP GOV.UK
  7. ^ Efficiency and Reform Group - About us GOV.UK
  8. ^ Cabinet Office Controls Guidance Archived 30 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Cabinet Office
  9. ^ "Government Procurement Service website". Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  10. ^ Major Projects Authority Cabinet Office
  11. ^ "Civil Service Reform Plan" (PDF). June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  12. ^ Liam Maxwell: user need underpins the government's digital-by-default strategy The Guardian 14 November 2012
  13. ^ "Government Digital Strategy" (PDF). November 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  14. ^ Government Digital Service official webpage

External linksEdit