Magazine article Public Finance

Rushed Public Sector Change Is 'Recipe for Failure'

Magazine article Public Finance

Rushed Public Sector Change Is 'Recipe for Failure'

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The government should radically slow down the pace of public sector upheaval, a coalition of former mandarins said this week.

The Better Government Initiative said many notorious government failures, including the creation of bodies such as the Child Support Agency, could have been avoided if both ministers and Parliament took the time to make coherent and enforceable legislative decisions.

The BGI was founded last year with support from all three main political parties. It counts former Cabinet secretary Lord Butler and former Audit Commission controller Sir Andrew Foster among its members.

The BGI's January 7 report, Governing well, says that unless the government changes the way it works, legislation will continue to lack clarity, leading to wasted resources and delays in major projects.

BGI chair Sir Christopher Foster said: "The public deserves a system of government that works. We know what radical action is needed. …

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