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FDA General Secretary's Civil Service World column: the new civil service CEO role
Since its relaunch from a fortnightly tabloid to a monthly magazine, Civil Service World has included a regular column by FDA's General Secretary Dave Penman. In the latest issue, Penman explores the challenges facing candidates for the new civil service Chief Executive role.
DWP staff message 'factually correct' but 'ill-judged', Penman tells BBC Radio Scotland
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme this morning discussing a memo issued to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff by Permanent Secretary Robert Devereux, which was read by some as advising them to vote ‘No’ in the Scottish independence referendum.
Women into Leadership - 17 September
Our annual ‘Into Leadership’ events get bigger and better each year. Please spread the word about the conferences within your workplace – they are open to FDA members, potential FDA members and all civil service colleagues.
Consultants' salaries 'mask long-term civil service pay problem', Penman tells Newsnight
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on the BBC’s Newsnight programme yesterday evening, over the issue of consultants’ salaries within Whitehall.
The FDA submitted a response to the HMT Consultation – Freedom & Choice in Pensions. Read about developments here.
Pensions update July 2014
News of the new scheme and pension provision and an update on PCSPS Actuarial Valuation.
TUC petition on unions’ online balloting
Following the Conservative party’s recent pledge to place further restrictions on union ballots after 2015, the TUC is pushing for trade unions to be able to ballot members online.
Future Government needs ‘sustainable solution’ to diversity issues, says FDA
In a speech at the Houses of Parliament yesterday morning, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Dugher spoke about Labour’s plans for the civil service, should it form the Government after the forthcoming election.
With Pride Glasgow running for the next two weeks and Pride Belfast on the 3 August, the FDA wishes all the participants the very best and hope you all enjoy more sunny weather than our Equality Officer and scores of other union members enjoyed at Pride London at the beginning of the month.
Report from Civil Service Live London
The opening session caused a surprise for delegates, with Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake telling Civil Service Live attendees that he is stepping down; the Government confirmed the move three hours later.
FDA response to Sir Bob Kerslake's departure
Following Sir Bob Kerslake’s announcement yesterday that he is standing down as Head of the Civil Service in the autumn and retiring as DCLG Permanent Secretary in February, the FDA issued a press release which was reported in both The Guardian and Civil Service World.
FDA welcomes Government U-turn on Land Registry sell off
FDA Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke said: “While the FDA supports this position, we now call on the Government to let Land Registry staff concentrate on delivering high-quality services to the public, rather than being under the constant threat of reorganisation."
Put 'Yes Minister' stereotypes to bed, Penman tells The Times
A letter from FDA General Secretary Dave Penman features in today’s Times, responding to the newspaper’s article reporting MPs’ anger over a 2009 Cabinet Office guidance document on ‘Indicators of potential for Permanent Secretary roles’.
Did you attend Liverpool John Moores University?
Following FDA's stall at Civil Service Live Liverpool, LJMU encourage FDA members to register with the Alumni Association.
ARC hosts tax transparency debate in House of Commons
On 8 July, the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) hosted a debate on tax transparency held in the House of Commons. Chaired by Margaret Hodge MP, the event focused on how public understanding and tax transparency can shape policy and the role of a trusted adviser.
Recovery of public sector exit payments - What you need to know
On 25 June HM Treasury published their formal consultation Recovery of public sector exit payments, read more details and access the consultation document here.
Penman questions clawback terms
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was quoted in a Civil Service World article on a recent announcement in the Queens speech, which would mean that any civil servant who took redundancy on a wage over £100,000 would be forced to pay back some of their lump sum, should they be re-employed in the same part of the public sector within a year.
Pensions update June 2014
The Pensions Regulator has published an interim response following their consultation on the regulation of public service pension schemes.
Report from the TUC Disabled Workers' Conference 2014
Read an update from FDA delegates who attended the TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference at Congress House for two days from 28 May 2014.
Penman tells Radio 4: 'Mostly healthy tension' between civil servants, Ministers and Special Advisers
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend programme yesterday, discussing the roles of Special Advisers and Government.
Penman shares views on civil service future with CSW
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman is included in a special Civil Service World report featuring "the great and the good across Whitehall and beyond" on the future of the civil service.
Annual Delegate Conference 2014
This year's conference saw a speech from TUC General Secretary, Francis O'Grady and a panel discussion with MPs from the three main political parties.
Follow the FDA Annual Delegate Conference on Twitter
We will be live tweeting from the conference on 15 May using the FDA's Twitter account - @FDA_Union. If you plan to tweet about the ADC, please use the hashtag #ADC14.
Recruit a member and enter FDA's iPad prize draw
Ofsted's Ian Hartwright is the latest winner of the FDA's iPad Mini competition, after recruiting a colleague and entering our prize draw. Members can now enter the June competition.
Become an FDA rep
The FDA is running a representatives' training course on Friday 16 May, at the union's head office in London.
FDA at the 2014 TUC Black Workers' Conference
An FDA delegation of seven attended the 2014 TUC Black Workers' Conference from 11 to 13 April. The union moved a motion on the discrimination of BME staff within performance management systems.
'GovernUp' project launch
The FDA issued a press release yesterday welcoming the launch of ‘GovernUp’ - a project to reform the relationship between the Government and the civil service, created by MPs John Healey and Nick Herbert.
You only have until 5pm on Friday 4 April to tell the FDA about your working hours.
The FDA is conducting a short, anonymous, online survey to find out how many extra hours our members are working, whether they have options to work more flexibly and if they have any top tips on reducing excess working hours.
Update from the TUC Women's Conference 2014
The TUC Women’s Conference was held from Wednesday 12 March to Friday 14 March 2014 at Congress house in London. This year’s theme was ‘Strong Women, Stronger Unions’.
FDA responds to Senior Salaries Review Body report
The Senior Salaries Review Body have just released their 2014 report and recommendations for senior civil service (SCS). The Government responded to the recommendations in a Written Ministerial Statement and the FDA issued a press release in response.
FDA submits response to Government consultation on the Land Registry
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced a consultation around a change in ownership for the Land Registry.
FDA Learn holds summit for future civil service leaders
FDA Learn’s Fast Stream summit, held yesterday for the civil service’s future leaders, included speeches from crossbench peer Baroness Delyth Morgan; Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake; and FDA General Secretary Dave Penman.
Senior female civil servants are paid on average over 5% less than men in equivalent posts
The Government’s own evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body shows that among the senior civil service (SCS), women are paid 5.4% less than their male counterparts, up from 5% in 2011.
ARC members strike on Valentine's Day
ARC members across the UK stood on picket lines today, taking industrial action against new HMRC performance management and terms and conditions.
DCLG pay protest at lunchtime today
A protest about pay is taking place at lunchtime today outside the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG's) Eland House in central London.
Hills tell the Guardian why ARC members are on strike tomorrow
ARC President Gareth Hills has written an article on the Guardian Public Leaders Network, outlining that “ARC members are not striking this week for money, but in pursuit of some basic principles".
FDA defends Scottish Prosecutors on BBC Sunday Politics
FDA National Officer Jim Caldwell appeared on yesterday’s Sunday Politics Scotland programme, discussing the pressures on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
FDA and Prospect survey reveals that one in three want to leave the SCS immediately
The survey of senior civil service members makes up part of the unions' joint evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body, the independent advisors to Government on SCS pay levels.
ARC members to strike on Valentine's Day
Today’s Guardian reports on ARC taking industrial action on Friday 14 February. The article refers to the HMRC performance management and terms and conditions issues that led to the strike.
Take part in the FDA’s civil service pay survey
As part of the 'Delivering for the Nation' campaign we are asking members of FDA and Prospect, below SCS grade, to take part in the civil service pay survey 2014.
FDA celebrates LGBT History Month 2014
LGBT History Month, which takes place every year in February, celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. For more on how the FDA is taking part, click here.
Civil Service Commission review of Recruitment Principles
The Civil Service Commission has launched a consultation on a review of their Recruitment Principles. The FDA will be responding to the consultation and welcomes views from members - click here for more.
Women in the law: not just a woman's problem
On Thursday evening the FDA Lawyers' Network held an event on women in the law, with guest speakers Baroness Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court; Dame Vivien Rose, recent appointee to the High Court Chancery Division; and Russell Wallman, head of the QC Appointments Secretariat.
Lords call for Parliamentary Commission
In Thursday's House of Lords debate on the future of the civil service, the FDA was mentioned by Lord Smith and Baroness Hayter, who held up her copy of the FDA’s alternative White Paper in the House.
Improve your skills in 2014 with FDA Learn
The FDA's professionalism project, FDA Learn, runs a variety of courses to help members achieve their professional and personal development targets.
Civil service needs stability in 2014, Penman tells CSW
The latest issue of Civil Service World includes an opinion piece by FDA's General Secretary Dave Penman, examining the big issues of 2013 and looking at some of the challenges expected over the year ahead.
It’s time public sector pay - including that of MPs - stopped being used as a political football, says Penman
Today’s issue of London daily business paper City A.M. included an opinion piece from FDA General Secretary Dave Penman, on IPSA’s proposed recommendation to increase MPs’ pay by 11% in 2015.
FDA and ARC respond to the 2013 Autumn Statement
Both the FDA and ARC issued statements responding to today's Autumn Statement, in which the Chancellor announced a further reduction in Departmental Expenditure Limits of 1.1% in 2014-15, with a further 1.1% in 2015-16.
FDA celebrates UK Disability History Month
The FDA held a networking seminar celebrating UK Disability History Month, on the topical subject of home working.
EMOs: 'What's important is clarity of role', Penman tells BBC
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on the BBC's Week in Parliament programme, discussing guidance giving Ministers power to appoint up to ten extra staff to form Extended Ministerial Offices (EMOs).
All change please? The future of the Government lawyer, FDA Lawyers' Network event
Lawyers from across Government departments met at an event in London to hear about and discuss issues currently affecting the profession.
'Civil Service Commission addresses some EMO concerns', Penman tells Radio 5 Live
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Shelagh Fogarty programme yesterday, discussing imminent Government guidance expected to give Ministers power to personally appoint up to ten extra staff to form Extended Ministerial Offices.
The Guardian reveals its 2013 Public Service Award winners
The 2013 Guardian Public Services Award winners were announced at a ceremony earlier this week, published in yesterday's Society Guardian and are now available online on the Public Leaders Network.
Reducing the Gender Pay Gap
November 7 marks Equal Pay Day – the point in the year at which women working full-time effectively stop earning, as they are paid 15% less per hour than men working full-time.
FDA woos statisticians at Birmingham conference
FDA is at the Government Statistical Service Conference in Birmingham.
Report from BME into Leadership 2013
Approximately 70 delegates attended the 2013 BME into Leadership conference, held in central London on 24 October. Organised by the FDA and Dods, the event offers advice - via speeches, question and answer sessions and workshops - to BME civil servants looking to progress their careers.
FDA holds DfE recruitment day
The FDA held a successful recruitment day at the main London site of the Department for Education, including an evening panel discussion with speakers from both the FDA and the Institute for Government.
FDA celebrates Black History Month 2013
Black History Month is held in October each year, and is an opportunity to raise awareness, to document, and to celebrate the overlooked heritage of Black and Asian communities within British society.
Delivery of New Fair Deal on Pensions
The Government has agreed to extend access to the PCSPS to members TUPE transferred out of the civil service.
FDA delegate chairs the 2013 STUC Black Workers’ Conference
The theme of the 2013 STUC Black Workers’ Conference, held in Glasgow on 5 and 6 October, was ‘Fighting back against austerity’. The Black Workers’ Conference Chair was FDA’s Hakim Din, who was also one of the union’s two delegates.
Job vacancy: MiP national officer - London and South Central
Managers in Partnership (MiP), the trade union organisation created by the FDA and Unison representing 6,000 senior healthcare managers, is looking to recruit a national officer in the London and South Central region.
Right to Flexible Working Survey
Tell FDA Learn's Sean Ruddy your experience of flexible working in this confidential survey
FDA Fast Stream Network discusses the civil service's future
The latest FDA Fast Stream Network meeting was held in late September. FDA General Secretary Dave Penman spoke to Fast Stream attendees about the future of the civil service in a time of continuing reduction in staff and budgets, asking “how do future leaders continue to keep the lights on?”.
FDA surveys SCS members on pay
The annual FDA SCS pay survey is a vital tool in arguing the case for pay reform, which is a central objective of the union’s ‘Delivering for the Nation’ campaign. It also forms a key part of the FDA's submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body.
Report from Women into Leadership 2013
A record number of 250 delegates attended the 2013 Women into Leadership conference, held in central London on 12 September. Organised by the FDA and Dods, the event offers advice - via speeches, question and answer sessions and workshops - to women looking to progress their careers in the civil service.
TUC 2013: FDA supports motion promoting a strong, successful NHS
On the final day of the 2013 Congress, FDA delegate and MiP Vice Chair Sam Crane spoke in support of a motion on the future of the NHS.
FDA warns TUC over policitisation of the civil service
Tuesday at the 2013 TUC saw FDA President Sue Gethin moving the union's motion on the politicisation of the civil service, which refers to the Government's decision to allow Ministers to personally appoint to their Extended Ministerial Offices.
Closing the Tax Gap - Delivering for the Nation
ARC, (the section of the FDA trade union representing the senior leaders and professionals of HMRC) organised an invite only Westminster forum on Tuesday 10 September to increase understanding around reducing the tax gap
TUC Congress 2013: FDA supports motions on pay progression and tax and austerity
On Monday morning, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman spoke to move the FDA's motion on pay progression
FDA signs historic agreement with NIPSA
The FDA recently signed a new membership agreement with the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance (NIPSA).
FDA supports motion on electronic balloting at 2013 TUC Conference
The 2013 TUC Congress began on Sunday 8 September in Bournemouth. The four-day event - which this year has the theme of 'Jobs, growth and fair pay' - is Frances O’Grady’s first Congress as TUC General Secretary.
Broader review of the civil service is needed, Penman tells the BBC
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning, responding to the PASC report on civil service reform.
FDA responds to IDS' disparaging comments about DWP civil servants
In response to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ public statements in which he blamed civil servants for problems with the Universal Credit system, FDA Assistant General Secretary Rob O'Neill said: "This represents a growing blame culture in Government."
FDA tells The Times: The civil service needs recognition, reward and resources
A letter from FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was published in Saturday's Times, in response to the newspaper's leading article stating that the civil service "tolerates failure" and is "risk-averse".
FDA responds to Lobbying Bill
The FDA has submitted a formal response to the BIS consultation on trade union membership recording, which forms the third part of the Lobbying Bill
Education Scotland: Game on
A surprise guest came to the FDA stand at Education Scotland
Sign up for September and October FDA Workshops
Dates have been announced for workshops in London and Manchester in Perfecting your Writing, Blogging, and Creative Writing Skills
FDA concerned at equal pay audit ‘exceptions’
The FDA has been consulted by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) on the process and content of mandatory equal pay audits, which are to be introduced, under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, in the specific circumstances where an employment tribunal finds that there has been a breach of equal pay law.
FDA welcomes Welsh Government SCS pay changes
The FDA has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision not to award variable pay to a small minority of the senior civil service in Wales.
FDA wins TUC Communications Awards
David Simonds, illustrator in FDA's Public Service Magazine, scooped 'best illustrator' at the 2013 TUC Communications Awards. FDA also won an award for its 'New Pension Scheme' booklet.
Civil Service Live 2013
This year’s Civil Service Live ran for three days, with the first day in Gateshead only, the second and third days in London, and in Bristol on the third day. The FDA had a stall at all three venues.
Sign up for FDA Learn July events
Still some places left for FDA Learn Personal Impact Masterclass, lunchtime Leadership and Development session, and writing workshops. Find out more.
FDA at the 2013 TUC LGBT Conference and Pride
Five delegates represented the FDA and MiP at the 2013 TUC LGBT Conference. Both unions also took part in the London Pride parade.
FDA at the Fast Stream forum panel event
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman told the Fast Stream forum that "the reason why so many want to join the Fast Stream is to influence people's lives in a way you can't in the private sector - though you need to better paid for it".
Survey of Scotland prosecutors finds worrying levels of stress
A new FDA survey of Scotland's prosecutors has found that 81% of legal staff had serious concerns over preparation time, staffing levels and workload.
Women in the workplace BIS report published
BIS has published its 'Women in the workplace' report which calls on the Government to do more to tackle female under-representation in certain sectors of the economy.
Guardian Public Leader Network Livechat on reversing pay inequality in the public sector
FDA participated in a lively debate on Guardian Public Leader Network on equal pay in the public sector
Professions into Leadership Conference 2013
FDA members were among over 30 delegates at the second ‘Professions into Leadership Conference’ organised jointly by FDA and Prospect, in partnership with Dods.
Fast Streamers Conference 2013
Around 200 delegates attended the 2013 Fast Streamers conference which was held in Manchester on 10 and 11 June.
Report from the 2013 TUC Disabled Workers' Conference
Three FDA delegates represented the FDA at the 2013 TUC Disabled Workers' Conference. The theme of this year's conference, held at Congress House, central London on 22 and 23 May, was 'Jobs, services, respect for disabled people!'
Department of Health SCS working on NHS front line is welcomed if not a stunt, Penman tells Radio 5 Live
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on this morning’s BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show, regarding the announcement that civil servants at the Department of Health will be expected to spend 20 working days each year working on the NHS front line.
Report from the 2013 Annual Delegate Conference
Yesterday’s FDA's annual conference heard keynote speeches from Chair of PASC Bernard Jenkin MP, and Dave Penman, speaking to conference for the first time as FDA General Secretary.
Jenkin used his speech to announce the need for an independent Parliamentary Committee to take a considered approach to the future of the civil service.
Permanent secretaries on fixed-term contracts 'would deliver bad government', says FDA
Yesterday’s Independent on Sunday quoted FDA general secretary Dave Penman, over mooted plans to put permanent secretaries on fixed-term four year contracts.
FDA fears over contestable policymaking
The latest issue of Civil Service World features a report from the FDA's alternative White Paper launch, quoting FDA general secretary Dave Penman on open policymaking.
Government needs ‘compelling justification for transferring government services out of the civil service’, says FDA
A letter from FDA assistant general secretary Naomi Cooke was published in yesterday’s Independent, in response to an article on public services and staff being transferred to the private sector.
FDA launches alternative White Paper on civil service reform
Yesterday evening, the FDA launched its alternative White Paper on civil service reform in Parliament.
FDA outlines alternative White Paper on reform
Opinion pieces by FDA general secretary Dave Penman, outlining the reasons behind the FDA's alternative White Paper to be launched this evening, feature in both the Guardian Public Leaders Network online and in Public Servant.
FDA at the 2013 TUC Black Workers' Conference
An FDA delegation of four attended the 2013 TUC Black Workers' Conference, in mid-April. The union submitted a motion on encouraging increased diversity at senior levels.
SCS T&C reforms reduce package already ‘far below’ rest of public or private sector, says FDA
In today's Independent and the latest issue of Civil Service World, FDA general secretary Dave Penman says reforms to senior civil servants’ terms and conditions further reduce a package that the Government’s own figures show is already below those comparable elsewhere.