Having examined the outgoing CEO's list of successes in the letter announcing that he would be stepping down, one reader has provided their own assessment of the top civil servant's achievements.
"There can be no doubt that transforming Jersey’s civil service was not going to be an easy task, especially as no one likes change, but did we the Jersey taxpayer or Jersey’s government expect Mr Parker’s unbridled spending spree on a vast army of consultants to achieve his target savings of £100 million?
At the last count (my letter July 2020) I estimated the staggering cost of this “army” to be in excess of £55 million.
The precise figure (especially for the period 1st September 2017 – when four consultants were sent to Jersey ahead of Mr Parker and December 2018 when the number of Consultants had grown to 33) has not been disclosed by Mr Parker or the Chief Minister who constantly stonewall Scrutiny Panels.
Despite the claim that consultants are necessary to effect a quick transformation process, there are still 30 consultants on the payroll. (WQ.155/2020)
In his letter to the Chief Minister 9th November 2020, advising that he would be stepping down, Mr Parker claimed that “we have identified significant and sustainable efficiencies, which will free funding for Government priorities” so what are they? How much has actually been saved? And how much of his savings target of £100 million is still to be achieved?
CLICK TO ENLARGE: The letter announcing Mr Parker would be stepping down.
I also have the following additional questions and observations concerning the rest of his “self-assessment” contained in the aforementioned letter.
“I was recruited... to lead the delivery of ambitious and long overdue infrastructure projects including investment for a new hospital”
“We have developed and secured approval for a new health model”
“Jersey is acknowledged to have been among the best jurisdictions in the world dealing with the covid-19 pandemic”
“We have made significant progress in creating One Government, in which public servants work together for the common good, with a culture based on respect and collaboration”
“I was recruited to modernise the public service so that it provides high-quality, affordable and timely services to Islanders.....”
“We now have real time financial reporting and on the cusp of significant technology improvements”
La Vieille Davisonnerie, St. Saviour
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