Monday, 08 November 2010 16:29

Website reveals government plans

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Departments will be 'more accountable' Departments will be 'more accountable'

DAVID Cameron has launched a government website detailing departmental business plans and goals.

The Prime Minister said the business plans set out in detail the government’s work programme for the next four years.

The plans include data such as financial information, structural reform plans and departmental priorities.

A searchable database of business plans has also been launched.

People can also access details of departmental structures and salaries, ministerial meetings and hospitality and a range of other data.

The so-called transparency database can be accessed here.

It was launched on Monday (8 November).

Mr Cameron said the website would shift power in favour of increased government accountability directly to the public.

“Instead of bureaucratic accountability to the government machine, these business plans bring in a new system of democratic accountability – accountability to the people.

“Reform will be driven not by the short-term political calculations of the government, but by the consistent, long-term pressure of what people want and choose in their public services – and that is the horizon shift we need.

“But more importantly the Business Plans will bring about a power shift by changing what government does.”

For to long, the government’s default position had been to solve problems by hoarding more power to the centre, said Mr Cameron.

This included passing laws, creating regulations and setting up taskforces.

“The result is that Britain is now one of the most centralised countries in the developed world,” said Mr Cameron.

“We will be the first government in a generation to leave office with much less power in Whitehall than we started with.

“We are going to take power from government and hand it to people, families and communities – and how we will do that is set out right here in these business plans.”

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