CM Promises £30m Cuts
The Chief Minister has confirmed that £30 million needs to be cut from the public sector next year.
It follows a warning in the 2019 Budget announcement of a deficit of £30-40 million by 2020.
Senator John Le Fondré is promising sustainable savings of £30 million to bridge the forecast gap between States spending and income.
Some of that will be cutting the workforce.
“I should point out that the States is currently carrying around 600 vacancies, and has a staff turnover rate of 12%, so responsible headcount management is a realistic and pragmatic approach.” – Sen. John Le Fondré
The rest will come as a result of Chief Executive Charlie Parker’s overhaul, which includes improving processes, stopping duplication and digitising and automating routine tasks and services.
The Chief Minister promises this is just the start, and that the Treasury Minister will provide an update on efficiencies in her Budget speech this December.
“These are not one of efficiencies, but a permanent reduction to the costs of the public service. These savings have been identified through the due diligence work that has been going on during the year, and are the first tranche of efficiencies that will be delivered by the One Government modernisation programme that the Chief Executive is leading.”