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'Armchair auditors' to drive public spending efficiency

Government will become increasingly transparent under a Conservative administration to force the public sector to work more efficiently, under new proposals.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “Trust in politics is at an all time low and by making central government transparent and accountable we can start to fix our broken politics. Greater openness and accountability will improve value for money and stop taxpayers’ money being wasted.

“We want to unleash an army of ‘armchair auditors’ to crawl over the Government’s accounts - ordinary members of the public who will be able to see for themselves whether their government is really delivering value for money for them.”

He said the Conservatives would publish:

  • Salaries of top 35,000 civil servants
  • ‘Organograms’, descriptions and staffing for Whitehall departments and quangos.
  • Every item of spend over £25,000
  • All tenders worth over £10,000

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