Modernising Government 2014
Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK has unveiled proposals to streamline Government and strengthen its ability to make the changes needed to safeguard the Island’s future.
The plan aims to cut bureaucracy by reducing the number of separate Government organisations, with the loss of two Departments, one Statutory Board and one Office. The Council of Ministers would shrink to include eight Ministers instead of nine.
To achieve a more joined-up approach to the challenges facing the Island, the central co-ordination of policies would be reinforced through the creation of a Cabinet Office and a new Minister for Policy and Reform.
The proposals are contained in a draft Council of Ministers report for the consideration of Tynwald Members. The proposals are due to go to the January Tynwald for approval, to take effect from April next year.
Key measures include:
- Dissolving the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, with the transfer of its component parts to other Departments in preparation for the outcome of the Scope review, which has been looking at alternative ways to deliver services.
- Reuniting Health and Social Care, recognising the interdependence of these two areas and their common issues, particularly the needs of an ageing population.
- Merging the Manx Electricity Authority and Water and Sewerage Authority to form a Manx Utilities Authority, achieving the ability to manage outstanding debt.
- Combining key central functions in a new Cabinet Office, taking in the Chief Secretary’s Office, Office of Human Resources, Information Systems Division, and Economic Affairs.
- Creating a new Minister for Policy and Reform, leading on the co-ordination of policy across Government, workforce reforms, change and efficiency programmes including Scope, and prioritisation of legislation. The Minister would chair the Civil Service Commission, soon to become the Public Services Commission (the new employing body for the majority of the public service) and the Business Change Steering Group.
See the downloadable document for a copy of the full report.