Government continually cutting departmental budgets while expecting exceptional civil service results is unrealistic, says FDA

Thursday 5 December 2013 

The FDA, the trade union and professional association representing senior public servants, responded to the Government’s announcements today [5 December] by highlighting the conflicting demands the Coalition is making on those delivering its policies.

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: “As the Government continues to roll out radical changes to welfare, business regulation, the criminal justice system and border control, budgets for the departments delivering these reforms are again being decimated.

“Criticism of the civil servants implementing these multi billion pound projects continues unabated, while the civil service struggles to cope with reduced resource and corrosive pay levels.”

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 can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at

4. 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.

5. For further information contact:
• Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
• Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.