A shoestring civil service puts Government at risk, says FDA

31 January 2013

(For immediate release)

A shoestring civil service puts Government at risk, says FDA

Commenting on the ongoing debate in the Public Administration Select Committee and elsewhere about reform of the civil service, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman - who is due to give evidence to the Committee on 13 February - said:

"It's time for the Government to wake up to the three 'Rs' of managing the civil service: reward, recognition and resources. Denigration of civil servants, pay that's completely out of touch with the private sector and staffing reductions in departments that simply do not reflect the demands of the reform agenda the government wants to enact - this is the reality of today's senior civil service. The result is high staff turnover, low morale and a disengaged workforce - the antithesis of what government needs and the public deserves."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across government and the NHS.

2. The FDA's original written evidence to the Committee is available here.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. For further information contact:

  • Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.