Lord Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2010 to 2015 and headed a programme that delivered groundbreaking progress in government efficiency, open government, and digital capability.
In 2010 Francis established the Efficiency and Reform Group at the heart of the UK Government. This was the engine room that delivered efficiency savings worth an annual £20 billion in 2015 compared with 2010. Cumulatively over five years, the audited savings totalled over £52 billion. This was central to establishing public support for the government’s austerity programme: it showed that the government’s priority was cutting the government’s own costs, rather than cutting programmes, benefits and public services.