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Civil Service Held Up Public Service Reform, Says Barber

Magazine article Public Finance

Civil Service Held Up Public Service Reform, Says Barber

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The former head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit has tacitly criticised former Cabinet secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull for holding back improvements in public services by dilat oriness over civil service reform.

One of the things that has made reform a struggle for Blair is that civil service reform was too slow in his second term,' said Sir Michael Barber, who left the unit for the consultancy firm McKinsey last summer.

He added that civil service reform had 'speeded up' since Sir Gus O'Donnell took over in September last year and praised his introduction of Departmental Capability Reviews.

Barber was responding to a question from a local government delegate, who complained there was no equivalent pressure on Whitehall to improve standards and performance to that generated by the Comprehensive Performance Assessment

Despite praising OOonneH Barber told the delegate he was right: There are too many civil servants. …

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