Treasury Minister impressed with Isle of Wight following recent visit

Moves on the Island to integrate public services so money can be focused to support front line activity have been welcomed by Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Liz made her first visit to the Island recently and during the trip Bob Seely and IW Council leader Dave Stewart spoke about plans for the Island’s public services to work ever closer with shared back office functions allowing more money to be spend on front line staff such as teachers, nurses and firefighters.

Bob raised the visit today (Tuesday) during questions to the Treasury. He said: “It was great to see the Minister on the Isle of Wight the week before last.

“She will be aware of the letter I have written her looking at ensuring that the Isle of Wight becomes a pilot scheme to see how we can better integrate government services in the one public estate programme.”

In response, Liz said: “It was certainly a weekend to remember on the Isle of Wight. My first ever visit to this great place, and I was impressed, and I do think the Isle of Wight provides a good opportunity to look at how we can do things differently, how we can integrate services to cut down on bureaucracy and put more money on the front line.”