2016 Policies – Government

My policy priorities for our government include:

  • Improvements to our Ministerial system
  • Rebalancing the power between Ministers, elected members and the community
  • Strengthening the role of States scrutiny
  • Restructuring of the public sector by dismantling departmental silos
  • Protecting front line services
  • Cost saving by reducing layers of administration

The growth in public spending funded is no longer sustainable. Public sector overheads must be reduced by scaling down corporate functions and reducing layers of management which add little value to front-line services. The departmental silos which have protected too many chiefs and their empires for decades, must go. The recent PAC report is evidence that unless this is faced , public transformation will achieve very little. Salami slice cuts to front line services are damaging and lead to dis-economies. They  should no longer be a States strategy

Adopting collective ministerial responsibility was a mistake and should be reversed . Power is too centralised . I will press for a re-balancing between ministers and elected members by requiring Ministers to work with States appointed  boards of elected members in formulating policy, making greater use of States member’s skills. I will seek greater openness and transparency, provide the missing checks and balances in decision making to restore public confidence in our government.

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