Tuesday 21 February 2017 / 5:11 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

It is crucial that the Government urgently improve departmental monitoring and evaluation measures – Jon Trickett

Jon
Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office,
responding to a
Regulatory Policy Committee report criticising the quality of departments’
impact assessments of policy decisions, said:

“Years
of Tory cuts are clearly taking their toll on civil servants who face increased
workloads, tight resources and worsening conditions.

“It
is utterly unacceptable that departments are diverting resources away from
providing rigorous impact assessment of their decisions
– what some might call ‘idiot-proofing’
the civil service from Tory policy.

“Ministers
could be leading us up the garden path and the departments themselves would be
none the wiser.

“It
is crucial that the Government urgently improve departmental monitoring and
evaluation measures.”