15 Nov 2012

UK looking to NZ for civil service reform tips

9:19 am on 15 November 2012

A British government minister is in New Zealand to pick up ideas for public service reform.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude believes the government can do more for less by making efficiency savings and moving some of its work with the public online.

He told Morning Report he wants to pick New Zealand's brains about its reforms 25 years ago.

Mr Maude said the idea of making chief executives of departments and agencies more accountable through fixed-term contracts, is attractive to British ministers who get frustrated when their decisions are not implemented.