Civil service needs its own ‘NAO’

Civil service needs its own ‘NAO’

Lack of leadership in civil service

An influential committee of MPs has recommended that a public spending
watchdog similar to the National Audit
Office
monitor the civil service.

The recommendation was made by the
Public
Administration Select Committee
, which criticised government efforts to
improve civil service performance.

In a report, MPs said Whitehall job cuts were a ‘poor tool’ for saving money,
and that setting targets for numbers of posts to go was ‘crude and
counterproductive’.

Tony Wright, the committee’s chairman, said: ‘Standards of government will be
increased both by external audit and by greater parliamentary accountability.’

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