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Media update: 4 June 2013

FDA mentions

3 and 4 June

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was quoted in Monday's Times, responding to an Institute for Government report which recommends that Ministers should be able to choose their permanent secretary from a shortlist.

Penman said: "If a civil servant thinks the only way to get on is to align themselves politically with a minister, that will then impact not only on the role of permanent secretaries but also further down the civil service."

Read the full article:

Ministers ‘should get final say’ on jobs for civil service chiefs
The Times

Read the FDA's press release in full:
Ministerial appointment of permanent secretaries 'a step too far' says FDA


In response to the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) report on public engagement in policy making, the FDA was quoted in the Guardian Public Leaders Network and Public Servant online.

Guardian Public Leaders Network reported Penman's view that good policy-making must "engage wider stakeholders and measure public opinion in a meaningful way", and that the civil service's "vital role" of presenting final policy advice to ministers should be maintained.

Public Servant also quoted Penman: "Implementing policy should never be separate from creating it, and a good policy is one that is well-informed and can be implemented. The FDA firmly believes that the civil service's vital role of presenting final policy advice to Ministers must be retained, ensuring that advice is objective and reflects all the costs, evidence and options available."

Read the full articles:

MPs call for 'wiki-style' approach to policy which seeks public opinion
Guardian Public Leaders Network

Civil servants must be guardians of more open policymaking
Public Servant

Read the FDA's press release in full: 
PASC report is right to state that civil servants should remain 'the guardians of the policy process', says FDA


The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) issued a press release, commenting on the issue of pay inequality still existing for female workers one hundred years on from the death of Suffragette Emily Davison. 

ARC President Gareth Hills said: “In HMRC, women in senior grades can be paid up to 8% less than their male counterparts for the same work, dependent on grade, location and working pattern. In addition it is significantly more likely that men’s salaries are in the top quartile of the pay range and much less likely to be in the bottom quartile.

“The problem persists because HMRC’s decision to withdraw previous pay progression arrangements where employees advanced through the pay scales has been exacerbated, by successive years of pay freezes and the continuing 1% pay cap. That has had a disproportionate impact on women, leaving them disproportionately underpaid, often by thousands of pounds.

Read ARC's press release in full:
At the centenary of Suffragette Emily Davison’s death, pay inequality still exists for female workers says ARC 


General interest

4 June

Whitehall needs business lesson, says Browne
The Financial Times

3 June

Civil servants 'waste three days a year starting up PCs'
London Evening Standard

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