FDA welcomes today’s ‘GovernUp’ project launch

MPs John Healey and Nick Herbert today launched a new project to reform the relationship between the civil service and the Government. The FDA welcomes the opportunity this cross-party review affords to reach a genuine consensus around how the UK retains a world-class civil service, delivering the best possible public services for the nation.

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

“The FDA campaign to reform the civil service has consistency decried the politicisation of the pay, reward and accountability of civil servants. Treating the civil service as a political football by Governments from all parties has left a demoralised and disaffected workforce. We therefore welcome this move to take tribal party politics out of the reform debate and instead look to a new consensus on the role of the civil service.

“In the FDA’s alternative White Paper, ‘Delivering for the Nation – Securing a World-Class Civil Service’, we make clear that the process of reform can only really succeed if it involves those who deliver vital public services. We welcome the opportunity to engage with this new project.” 

Notes for editors
1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

2. 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". 
3. The FDA’s alternative White Paper - ‘Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service – outlining our analysis of the challenges facing the civil service and our recommendations for change, can be read here.

4. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union. 

5. For further information contact:
• Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
• Kay Hender, Communications , tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07980 700747.