Tories propose mandate for mandarins

Shadow chancellor, George Osborne

Shadow chancellor, George Osborne

Shadow chancellor George Osborne has said civil servants should be required
to spend taxpayers’ money more efficiently. In a speech at the
he proposed inserting a ‘fiduciary responsibility’ clause into the employment
contracts of senior civil servants.

He also revealed a plan to introduce new ways to investigate wasteful
spending and reward public sector employees for suggesting ideas that generate
cost savings.

Osborne said the government had created a public sector in which civil
servants are encouraged to ‘shovel money out the door as fast as possible,
regardless of how well that money is spent or how it can be paid for’.

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