FDA provides evidence to PASC's inquiry into the future of the civil service

FDA general secretary Dave Penman today gave evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee's inquiry into the future of the civil service.

The FDA has recently submitted supplementary written evidence to the committee, in addition to our original written evidence sent to PASC in mid-November last year.

Penman told the committee that reform is nothing new in the civil service: "Any organisation should expect reform and change to happen on an ongoing basis, and this isn't something that simply happens as a result of ministerial whim... Change happens from within civil service all the time - that was my experience as a civil servant and it's my experience as a trade unionist as well".

He spoke of the FDA's warning that the Government faces "an exodus of talent" from the civil service when the market picks up: "Increasingly, with cuts in resources, with attacks from ministers publicly denigrating the professionalism and the competence of civil service, and pay levels that are so far behind the market... I think that there are a number of indicators that this Government should wake up to about what civil servants are saying about those issues and try to address them over the longer term".

Watch the evidence in full:
FDA evidence to PASC on the future of the civil service - 13 February 2013
(1 hour 9 minutes into the video)

Tonight's Evening Standard includes a report on the FDA's evidence to PASC:
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