Change in Government

Change in Government

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The Coalition Government has set a sizeable challenge for the Civil Service: to transfer power out of Whitehall and into communities and as a result fundamentally change the way it works. The Committee found that while the Government seeks to embrace change, they have failed to recognise the scale of reform required or to set out the change programme required to achieve this reform. The lack of coordination from the centre and strong political leadership will result in the failure of key policies like the 'Big Society' agenda. The Committee recommended a comprehensive change programme articulating clearly what the Government believes the Civil Services is for, how it must change and with a timetable of clear milestones. This change programme must also include proposals for the Civil Service to retain and develop the new skill sets required to meet the demands of the Big Society policy agenda, and address long-running concerns about the decline in specialist expertise in Whitehall, the failure to innovate and take risks, and the failure to work across departmental silos. The reflect the changing role of the Civil Service, the Committee has also recommended that the Government should consider the development of a new Haldane model of accountability or they must explain how the model remains relevant. The new realities of devolving power out of Whitehall to local government and elsewhere should be codified in the Civil Service governance structure.The new Government came into office with two main priorities: cutting the fiscal deficit and implementing its Big ... These specific priorities are two new drivers for Civil Service reform, to add to the long-running concerns about the Whitehall performance we have outlined above. ... address the challenge of the a€œpost- bureaucratic agea€.60 The consequences for the provision of public services were set out byanbsp;...

Title:Change in Government
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Public Administration Select Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-09-22

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