The Centre for Policy Development has pushed out a paper on why the public service’s efficiency dividend is not such a great idea.
The key points of the paper are listed as:
- — The Efficiency Dividend is counterproductive – not only is it starting to have a harmful impact on service delivery, it actually creates incentives for long-term inefficiency in some cases.
— International experience does not support the Efficiency Dividend as an effective mechanism to improve public sector performance.
— Alternative approaches to promoting public sector efficiency have the potential to increase efficiency without compromising service delivery.
While it is, in my opinion, a lazy tool and almost certainly counter-productive does anyone have any alternatives for getting a leaner public service?