Further down, after pointing out that even within the service this was found embarassing was this
The report comes in the wake of another internal survey which found growing concern within the civil service that it was not performing well. Only 27% of civil servants believed that the Executive makes good use of public money.Previously the 9% Growth Party has said that we could achieve major efficieny improvements merely by modern management, not hiring into Ministries which have not achieved a 2% shrinkage annually & freezing spending. Almost any private industry expects to achieve productivity increases of 2% a year.
The survey found that only half believed any checks were made before money was spent. Only 28% of staff said they believed there was a culture of sound financial management.
This news of a major lack of financial control suggests that there is even more room for improvement than previously thought.