I have always said the civil service would work better if it was slimmed down. I have favoured natural wastage, to reduce it by around one fifth in a full Parliament, with no compulsory redundancies and no redundancy payments for the poor old taxpayer to meet. My experience as a Minister was we had more staff than we needed, and since then there has been a huge increase under this government.
Digby Jones makes me look quite moderate or feeble. He has just said:
“Frankly the job (civil service) could be done with half as many, it could be more productive, more efficient, it could deliver a lot more value for the taxpayer”
Anyone coming into government from senior business roles as Digby did and as I did knows this is true.
So what’s stopping them?