Francis Maude MP is Minister for the Cabinet Office and MP for Horsham
It is over a year since Sir Bob Kerslake and I published the Civil Service Reform Plan. The plan was never our last word on reform. But it did include a series of practical actions which if they were implemented would begin to transform the Civil Service. Yet 12 months on, too little has changed. There have been some successes – our work to modernise terms and conditions is well underway, and we are preparing to move a first wave of twenty five public services online.
At its best, Britain’s Civil Service is excellent. We are rightly proud of much that it does: the 2012 Games were an outstanding success watched by the whole world; our security services work night and day to protect us; and my officials in the Cabinet Office have overturned decades of Whitehall secrecy with our transparency agenda, and through efficiency reforms driven savings worth £10 billion last year alone.