Campaign objectives

The campaign will draw together a number of strands of FDA activity in order to:

- promote the effective delivery of public services and raise awareness of how the work of FDA members benefits the nation and its citizens;

- advance the case for pay reform and secure action to improve the pay and reward of FDA members;

- position the FDA at the centre of public debate on civil service reform;

- reinforce the independence and impartiality of the civil service;

- firmly establish the FDA as a modern, progressive and non-party political trade union; and
build a network of influence to support and champion the campaign.

'Delivering for the Nation' will develop over time and be wide ranging in its scope. It is a long term commitment and will represent a key element of the FDA's activity over the period ahead.

Share your ideas

We also want your ideas for further improvements and reform. What would support the delivery of a world-class civil service?

We are seeking positive ideas for reform, as well as information on existing barriers to improved service delivery and/or issues that may hold you back in the performance of your role.

You can support the campaign by submitting your ideas and experiences to: dftn@fda.org.uk.

Get involved

To help in building the campaign we need to set out examples of how the civil service - and FDA members - have already delivered improvements to public services, initiated reform or improved efficiency.

You can support the campaign by submitting your examples to: dftn@fda.org.uk

Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service

"A world-class civil service is critical for delivering world class public services and efficient, effective Government."


In April 2013 the FDA launched its alternative White Paper on civil service reform and marked the beginning of the FDA’s ‘Delivering for the Nation’ campaign, highlighting the value of public services (see more about the launch here). The campaign aims to raise awareness of just how much the work of FDA members benefits everyone living in the UK, and why the work should be fairly rewarded. 

The reform plan - ‘Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service’ - has been developed by union members serving the Government and the public, and sets out 20 recommendations that it believes will help to deliver the sustainable world-class civil service that the public have a right to expect. 

The recommendations are set over three broad themes:equipping the civil service to deliver in the modern context; getting accountability and impartiality right; and how to improve morale and motivation. 

"Civil servants are not 'faceless bureaucrats' but real people striving every day to serve the Government and the public."

The FDA has always been committed to influencing public policy for the benefit of our members, for the civil service and  for the nation as a whole. The alternative White Paper seeks to highlight how important our members our to 'Delivering for the Nation'. Below you can see some of the ways that the FDA have promoted the valuable work of civil servants and how we have made our members voices heard on committees, in parliament and in policy making decisions.  

FDA responds to Conservative public service redundancy cap proposals
FDA provides evidence to MPs’ civil service skills inquiry
HMRC salary gap too wide, says ARC
FDA at TUC’s ‘Britain Needs A Pay Rise’ march and rally
ARC hosts tax transparency debate in House of Commons
HMT Consultation: Freedom and Choice in Pensions
General Secretary defends FDA members against stereotypes in The Times
FDA responds to Senior Salaries Review Body report
FDA Learn holds summit for future civil service leaders

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