23 June 2005 | Anusha Bradley
Businesses want a permanent body to ensure continuous efficiency in public spending, including procurement.
In a speech to industry leaders this month, Sir Digby Jones, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), called for the creation of a body to challenge methods of delivery.
He also argued for a longer-term approach to replace what he described as a "50,000-volt shock every decade or so to inject life into the value for money agenda".
James Worron, senior policy adviser at the CBI, said the creation of a permanent body was suggested for the next round of targets being set for 2006.
"We have suggested it to the Treasury and they seem willing to look at a way forward."
A CBI spokesman added: "We don't think business will stomach further tax rises. We are proposing something more forward-looking, that will take account of efficiency considerations and ensure value for money."
In the speech to the CBI Public Services Industry Forum, Jones called for a performance assessment scheme in central government, under which senior civil servants would be held accountable for public spend. He also suggested specialist market advisers should work in every department.