The Coalition Government has set a sizeable challenge for the Civil Service: to transfer power out of Whitehall and into communities and as a result fundamentally change the way it works. The Committee found that while the Government seeks to embrace change, they have failed to recognise the scale of reform required or to set out the change programme required to achieve this reform. The lack of coordination from the centre and strong political leadership will result in the failure of key policies like the 'Big Society' agenda. The Committee recommended a comprehensive change programme articulating clearly what the Government believes the Civil Services is for, how it must change and with a timetable of clear milestones. This change programme must also include proposals for the Civil Service to retain and develop the new skill sets required to meet the demands of the Big Society policy agenda, and address long-running concerns about the decline in specialist expertise in Whitehall, the failure to innovate and take risks, and the failure to work across departmental silos. The reflect the changing role of the Civil Service, the Committee has also recommended that the Government should consider the development of a new Haldane model of accountability or they must explain how the model remains relevant. The new realities of devolving power out of Whitehall to local government and elsewhere should be codified in the Civil Service governance structure.25 January 2011 Andrew Haldenby, Professor Andrew Kakabadse and Julian McCrae 25 January 2011 Andrew ... The Department for Communities and Local Government has reduced its top Civil Service postings by 30% or 40%, and ... Could you answer that question, Mr Haldenby? ... the evidence of the capability reviews, which are extremely important and identify clear problems in the Civil Service, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Change in Government|
|Author||:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Public Administration Select Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2011-09-22|