The FDA successfully campaigned for the introduction of the original Civil Service Code.

Civil service ethics

We are a vocal advocate for strong ethics and governance in the civil service. We successfully campaigned for the introduction of the original Civil Service Code - which sets out the ethics and behaviour expected of civil servants -  and participated in its subsequent modernisation.

A Civil Service Act was a key recommendation of the Northcote-Trevelyan report of 1854 which established the civil service. The FDA ran a long campaign for this legislation, together with the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) and the Civil Service Commission.

This culminated with the enactment of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act in April 2010, which put the key civil service values on a legislative footing.  Previously, the guiding principles of the civil service could be changed by the Government of the day, without approval by Parliament.