FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on the BBC's Week in Parliament programme, discussing guidance giving Ministers power to appoint up to ten extra staff to form Extended Ministerial Offices (EMOs). Interviewed alongside ex-Special Advisor for the Labour Party Paul Richards, Penman said: "Government has to reform to respond to the demands of Ministers. Support for Ministers in this country is significantly less than in others. What's important is the clarity of the role. As long as there's clarity the civil service will understand that.
“Departments are under an awful lot of resource pressure. It will take a brave Minister to say 'What this department needs is a lot more support for me'.”
See the full interview here (6 minutes, 16 seconds into the programme)
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