Seismic Culture Change Needed

I am really concerned that unless there is a seismic change in attitudes in the public sector (politicians and public servants) something far worse than nothing is going to happen - we are going to slip further and further into being an over-governed and deficit ridden little mini-state.

As far back as 2004 Mr Bell said it was critical for the IOM to stop eating into its Reserves to pay for its deficits. 13 years later Mr Cannan's latest budget continues to forecast continuing to balance the books out of the Reserves for at least another 3 years. So was Mr Bell serious and was any note taken of what he was saying - even by him?

In 2006 when the public sector pension liabilities hit £30,000 per household on the Island the same Mr Bell said we should not worry as it was under control. 11 years later that figure is getting very close to £100,000 per household. If we shouldn't worry at £30,000 should we worry at £100,000 or should we behave like ostriches?

There is talk of there being 'no sacred cows' but will we grasp the nettle and consolidate local government and close down LegCo, or privatise as much of the state operations as humanly possible, or actually not take £100,000,000 a year out of general revenue to pay benefits into a failing public sector pension scheme etc... etc...? And the same goes for many of the sensible but challenging suggestions here?

This 'exercise' is looking at saving 2.5% +/- on costs - which is not a seismic change in thinking it is just re-ordering the deckchairs ...

Even the fact that not all ideas are being shared here (those from the public sector, departments and politicians don't appear to be being shared in public) indicates a lack of seriousness and commitment to open change from the public sector.

Short of having 3 years of enlightened dictatorship intent on massively redefining the role of the public sector I don't see the political will on the IOM to make fundamental change - just to fiddle around the edges.

If you want to make a paradigm shift you don't do that by leaving sacred cows grazing or continuing to run with things you have known to be wrong for 10 years +.

Why the contribution is important

To be an economically successful society in a post-UKexit and in an increasingly competitive world we need to have a culture that instead of repeatedly talking about known issues actually delivers on the change issues identified 10-15 years ago that are still there and which, at present, will still be there with us well into the future. We also need a mindset that when it comes to the public sector "small is beautiful".

by dpfellows on April 19, 2017 at 12:17AM

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  • Posted by Yukiyama April 19, 2017 at 08:51

    Absolutely.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 19, 2017 at 11:22

    Thanks Y. Reading other posts reconfirmed my real concern about 'culture'.

    We have all known that the Public Sector Pension Scheme was in major financial trouble fora number of years.

    But when you read comments on social media from public servants they don't say "this is how we can fix it" but "it's in my contract and I'm entitled to it" - how will we ever progress with that sort of attitude - goodness even the Treasurer takes the same line that it HAS to b paid out of general revenue not made affordable to taxpayers!
  • Posted by dpfellows April 19, 2017 at 12:13

    Thanks Y. Reading other posts reconfirmed my real concern about 'culture'.

    We have all known that the Public Sector Pension Scheme was in major financial trouble fora number of years.

    But when you read comments on social media from public servants they don't say "this is how we can fix it" but "it's in my contract and I'm entitled to it" - how will we ever progress with that sort of attitude - goodness even the Treasurer takes the same line that it HAS to b paid out of general revenue not made affordable to taxpayers!
  • Posted by Kieron April 19, 2017 at 20:33

    Does anyone know what a typical pension might be ? We hear alot about it, but never any figures. You have made some good points, so I expect this post to be removed real soon.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 19, 2017 at 21:35

    Some 2015 information from the UK Kieron:

    "The median pensioner income in 2013-14 was £398 a week, whereas for working age people it was £384 per week, "

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