8 April 2010
For immediate release
The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act, which received Royal Assent today and puts the Civil Service onto a statutory footing, has been welcomed by the FDA. The FDA is the union for senior managers and professionals in the Civil Service.
Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, said:
"We strongly welcome the enactment of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill. With the announcement of the General Election and the dissolution of Parliament, there was a real danger that this important bill could have been lost.
"The FDA has waged a long campaign for this legislation, which puts the civil service and its values onto a statutory footing."
Notes for editors
1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, government lawyers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.
2. Members in HMRC are represented by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC), a section of the FDA.
3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".
4. For further information contact:
Jonathan Baume, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07976 951191.
Oliver Rowe, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.