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Media update: 11 April 2013

FDA mentions

10 April

FDA general secretary Dave Penman is quoted in Civil Service World, responding to news that reforms to senior civil servants’ working hours, annual leave and privilege days will begin this month.

A letter from head of the civil service, Sir Bob Kerslake, sent to all senior civil servants month indicates that new SCS joiners or those promoted within the SCS will have their annual leave cut and weekly working hours increased.

Penman said: "if implemented, this will further reduce the package for new senior civil servants on appointment or promotion, at a time when the government’s own evidence demonstrates that the reward package for the SCS is far below any comparable package in the rest of the public sector or private sector.”

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Kerslake set to reform SCS terms and conditions this month
Civil Service World


10 April

The FDA is mentioned in a Guardian Public Leaders Network interview with Simon Fraser, permanent under secretary and head of the Diplomatic Service.

The article states "Recent disquiet from the FDA union, which represents the most senior civil servants, showed the sometimes strained relationship between senior civil servants and the political leadership. Fraser won't be drawn on individual cases but is clear on what his staff need. 'We need to give clear leadership to civil servants and represent them effectively, including in our relationships with ministers. Government works most effectively when there's a relationship of mutual respect between senior civil servants and ministers – it's very important.'"

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Foreign Office chief Simon Fraser on his career highs and lows
Guardian Public Leaders Network

General interest

11 April

Thatcher funeral: Foreign Office U-turns on mourning clothes order
The Guardian

Margaret Thatcher: Face to face with the Lady and her handbag
The Telegraph (column on the Government's relationship with the civil service)

10 April

Putting civil servants in Number 10 Policy Unit a ‘mistake’, says IfG’s Rutter
Civil Service World

Civil servants are not to blame for government data hoarding
Guardian Public Leaders Network

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