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Public Sector Bureaucracy

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

I am today announcing the publication of “Cutting Bureaucracy for our Public Services”, a strategy for better regulation of front line public sector organisations.

The strategy acknowledges that accountability and performance management is very important and has delivered changes that benefit the public. But as we move into the next phase of public sector reform, it makes sense to look to see what unnecessary bureaucracy there might be and what more we can do to ensure our front line staff have the freedom to do their jobs.

The strategy sets out steps which the Government will be taking to cut unnecessary bureaucracy which public service workers in delivery organisations have to deal with. The strategy is part of the Government’s overall better regulation agenda, and fits with similar initiatives already introduced to reduce burdens in the private and voluntary sectors.

The proposals in the strategy reflect good work already underway in Departments, but also recognise the need for a more comprehensive and coordinated approach. Departments will collectively, for the first time, identify all the data requirements they place on the front line and set targets for reduction. Front line staff will be given the opportunity to challenge bad regulation if they find it. Departmental progress will be set out in simplification plans, starting this autumn.

Copies of the strategy have been placed in the Library of the House for the reference of Members. The strategy will also be available for viewing on the Better Regulation Executive website (www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/regulation).