Conservative Manifesto 2010 Change the Economy Reform Public Services to Deliver Better Value For Money
We will raise productivity growth in the public sector in order to deliver better schools and a better nhs.
Public sector productivity has fallen under Labour, acting as a drag on growth and reducing the quality of our public services. if productivity in the public sector had grown at the same rate as in private sector services, we could now have the same quality of public services for £60 billion less each year. So, by improving public sector productivity while getting a grip on the debt, we will still be able to deliver better public services. that is why good government costs less with the Conservatives.
Decentralisation, accountability and transparency
We value the work of those employed in our public services, and a Conservative government will work with them to deliver higher productivity and better value for money for taxpayers. We will raise public sector productivity by increasing diversity of provision, extending payment by results and giving more power to consumers.
giving public sector workers ownership of the services they deliver is a powerful way to drive efficiency, so we will support co-operatives and mutualisation as a way of transferring public assets and revenue streams to public sector workers. We will encourage them to come together to form employee-led co-operatives and bid to take over the services they run. this will empower millions of public sector workers to become their own boss and help them to deliver better services – the most significant shift in power from the state to working people since the sale of council houses in the 1980s.
transparency is crucial to creating a value for money culture. We will publish all items of spending over £25,000 online, and the salaries of senior civil servants in central government will also be published. We will create strong financial discipline at all levels of government and place an obligation to manage taxpayers’ money wisely at the heart of civil service employment contracts. in addition, we will:
• introduce and publish a standard set of cost measures that capture the key drivers of departmental spending;
• help departmental finance Directors to manage resources more efficiently;
• implement clear financial performance targets for senior civil servants; and,
• create a focus on delivering strong financial management across government.
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