Speaking today about Whitehall efficiency, Brown said that the Government would publish the number of staff in each salary band above £50,000 and would name all those earning more than £150,000 in the civil service and other bodies.
But he also called on regulators and other public sector bodies to do the same in the “spirit of openness, accountability and responsibility”.
He said: “Those organisations found to be squandering public funds on over generous salaries for officials, at the expense of services for people, will be named and shamed.
“To set a new culture of openness, for civil servants and other bodies under direct ministerial control, we will publish for the first time the numbers in each salary band above £50,000 and name all individuals earning more than £150,000.
“And in the spirit of openness, accountability and responsibility I would expect others – including publicly-funded media, regulators and other public sector bodies – to do the same.”
The Treasury will have to approve all salaries over £150,000 and any bonuses over £50,000 before recruiting for senior positions. Those salaries not directly under Government control will have to be justified publicly to the relevant Secretary of State.
In his speech, Brown also said the Government would merge or abolish 123 quangos and would subject the remainder to greater oversight in order to save £500m a year.
He set out a further £12bn of spending cuts to reduce the UK’s public debt and announced that the senior civil service pay bill will be cut by up to 20 per cent over the next three years to save £100m a year.
He said that some senior pay and perks packages in the wider public sector have “lost touch with the reality of people’s lives”.
He outlined “radical reforms” to senior pay including tougher scrutiny for senior appointments and a review of senior pay across the whole of the public sector to be completed by next year’s Budget.