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Wednesday 08 May 2019

Penman: "Disruptor in chief" Truss more interested in disrupting than actual outcome

In this Civil Service World column, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman analysed Liz Truss's Daily Telegraph piece on capping redundancy pay for public servants.

Speaking about the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (a self-proclaimed "disruptor in chief"), Penman wrote: "As with many Great Disruptors, it’s the disrupting rather than the actual outcome that’s important. Demonising public servants just because they’re paid a higher salary for doing some of the most complex and difficult work in the country plays well if you’re a politician happy to quote the Tax Payers’ Alliance – which Truss does in her column. Is it a strategy for attracting the best talent to public service, knowing they’ll be attacked by the very politicians they’re asked to serve? Clearly not. But that’s not what’s important when it’s the headline, rather than delivering public services, that counts."

Read the full column here

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