Spending cuts not being implemented
(CNS): Less than a quarter of the recommendations for spending cuts made during government’s review of the public sector that were accepted by Cabinet have been implemented, according to minutes released by the Deputy Governor’s Office. The minutes covering a meeting of civil service heads last month show only 21 of 97 (just over 21%) of potential cash saving measures have been adopted so far. The reasons for the delay in execution vary, the minutes record, but CS bosses heard that implementation targets will now be set as part of this year’s performance agreements for COs and other public sector heads.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said that a project oversight committee would also be created to monitor and report the progress of implementation to him.
The minutes show that a report on a number of other reports is also due in connection with the review of the Public Management and Finance Law, the Miller Shaw Report and Keith Luck Report.
In what appeared to be a case of bureaucratic overload, the minutes recorded that the recommendations made in those reports are to be categorized and then placed into yet another report for the deputy governor before the end of November. Then, in relation to queries about the status of the comprehensive review of the PSML, which made recommendations for improvement within the civil service, Manderson suggested that a small committee of chief officers and himself also review that report and determine which recommendations were outstanding and “ensure their timely implementation”.
Manderson revealed that he had been invited to attend the Heads of Civil Service conference in London this month. Chief officers engaged in the Phase 4 Review of the civil service will travel to London to meet with the Cabinet Office team involved in a similar exercise in the UK. The civil service heads will also meet with their counterparts in other UK agencies, the minutes stated. The FCO is covering the cost of Manderson’s travel and contributing to the cost of travel for the CO in keeping with the commitment made in the White Paper.
Meanwhile, the minutes also show that, despite the clampdown on spending and the need to cut jobs across the civil service, the moratorium on recruitment was not necessarily a blanket policy. Civil service portfolio head Gloria McField-Nixon said that recruitment requests that were put on hold during the budget proceedings were now being dealt with.
“Every request is being looked at in light of the budget for that particular ministry or department,” the minutes state. The deputy governor heard that he would be provided with reports on headcount and human resource related costs and “moratorium requests” would be become a monthly exercise.
Among the other issues raised at the 17 September meeting, Courts Administrator Kevin McCormac noted that the recent passing of legislation such as the Children’s Law and the Traffic Law were likely to have an impact on the court and suggested that a planned timetable about new laws should be issued to the relevant agencies from the drafting stage onwards to allow proper preparation.
See minutes in full below.
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