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Media update: 10 July 2013

FDA mentions

10 July

The FDA was quoted on the BBC website, in Public Service online and in Civil Service World, regarding the publication of the Civil Service Reform Plan: One Year On document, which mentions introducing fixed tenure appointments for Permanent Secretaries.

The BBC website reported that "senior public officials trade union the FDA - which represents around 18,000 civil servants - warned Whitehall could be politicised, with mandarins depending on politicians for their careers."

Read the full story on the BBC website:
Ministers to 'hand pick' civil service staff

Public Service quoted FDA General Secretary Dave Penman: "It will be much more difficult for the staff to serve the next minister or the next Government" ... "I think this is blatant politicisation of the civil service."

The full Public Servant article can be read at:
Political appointees en route to Whitehall 

Civil Service World quoted Dave Penman, General Secretary of the FDA trade union: "We support moves that strengthen the support for ministers in government … However, we remain to be convinced that surrounding a minister with personally appointed civil servants will not result in politicisation … and create a destabilising effect every time there is a reshuffle."

The full Civil Service World article can be read at:
Maude set to announce move to 'extended ministerial offices'

General interest

10 July
Francis Maude opinion piece in Conservative Home:  'Fixed-tenure Permanent Secretaries - and much more. Our next steps in civil service reform'.

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