The head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, has tweeted that the announcement later today on reforms to Whitehall is a "good plan" for his colleagues.
The government wants to change the way Whitehall operates to increase accountability, simplify hierarchies and make sure government departments operate more like businesses.
Three departments in particular will undergo reviews to make them function more effectively. They are: The Department for Education, Work and Pensions and Communities and Local Government.
The Financial Times looks at what the review is trying to achieve.
Among the reforms to Whitehall departments which are expected to be unveiled by Cabinet Office minster Francis Maude today are:
- Perks such as free holidays axed
- End to clothing allowances
- Departments more concentrated on delivering Government policy
- Flexible working arrangements under review
- Rights reviewed for having time off for the Queen’s Birthday
Plans to shake up the way government departments in Whitehall are run could mean that under-performing civil servants lose their jobs.
According to The Independent Ministers are planning to extend performance-related pay. That could see some staff taking a 10 per cent pay cut if they under-perform.