Civil service reformFDA's General Secretary, Dave Penman, has written an opinion piece for the Guardian Public Leaders Network
'Ministers hand picking civil servants will create a political 'firewall''. He wrote that the FDA: "championed the idea of providing ministers with greater support in our alternative white paper, Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service, which was launched in April. But the idea that a minister can personally appoint a group of officials runs the real danger that greater support will not be personalised, as IPPR suggested, but politicised. Loyalty to a minister and loyalty to the tax payer can be two very different things". Read the full articlePenman was also quoted in the Guardian, Local Gov online, the Morning Star, the Huffington Post, and on the BBC website.Read the Guardian article 'Ministers to get new powers to appoint civil servants'Read Local Gov online article 'Union attacks proposals for civil service reform'Read the Morning Star article 'Union claims Maude's plans could 'politicise Whitehall'Read Huffington Post articleRead BBC website article 'Move 'lazy' civil servants says Sir Jeremy HeywoodRead the FDA press release Professionalism, not politicisation, is the key to good ministerial support
IPSA recommendations on MPs' payDave Penman appeared on BBC radio Wales Morning Call phone in programme on MPs' pay. Listen again (38 minutes 45 seconds in)Dave Penman will be part of a live news discussion piece 'News Talk Live' on 5 about MPs' pay at 6.30 p.m. with Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers' Alliance.