Local government: How to build a business case

Local government: How to build a business case

KPMG has worked with over 100 public sector bodies to produce a practical guide to preparing robust business cases to support both routine and strategic investment decisions.

Neil Hewitson - Director, Public Sector Audit and Assurance, KPMG in the UK

Director, Public Sector Audit and Assurance

KPMG in the UK


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As the pressure on local authority finances continue, the role of major investment and transformation decisions will only become more critical to delivering a sustainable future. Robust business cases are vital to ensuring investment choices have the best chance of delivering success.

This report offers a brief exploration of the critical role that business cases play in local authorities and considers:

  • The importance of achieving consistent quality in business cases, while balancing competing priorities;
  • Securing a proportional approach
  • How to ensure objectivity in the analysis which underpins such a key decision-making document.

Our quick reference guide helps to ensure your business case process is fit for purpose in an environment where the balance between proportionality and robust analysis is of paramount importance.

It provides a basis for assessing the risk presented by proposed projects, allowing you to scale your business case process accordingly. It sets out the key attributes of a business case for both high and low risk projects.

For more information download our 'How to build a business case' guide.

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