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GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SHOULD SLIM DOWN, WALDEGRAVE SAYS

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Government agencies should do more to reduce staff numbers and slim down management, the minister in charge of Citi...
Government agencies should do more to reduce staff numbers and slim down management, the minister in charge of Citizen's Charter William Waldegrave said yesterday, the Financial Times reports (p9).

The civil service was growing again, Mr Waldegrave told a conference of agency chief executives in York to mark the fifth anniversary of the creation of agencies.

Public spending pressures meant agencies should be at the forefront of increasing productivity, and should remove old management hierarchies and tailor structures and pay to their needs, Mr Waldegrave said.

But he acknowledged concern among agency chiefs over legal confusion on whether European legislation on transfer of employee rights applies to contracting out of public services.
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