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Government launches consultation to cap civil service redundancy payments
By launching a consultation on capping individual public sector redundancy payments to £95,000, the Government is 'indulging in the worst kind of dog-whistle politics' says the FDA.
FDA launches Keystone
Keystone, the union for civil service managers and professionals, extends the benefits of FDA membership to HEOs, SEOs and related grades.
Summer Budget: FDA and ARC respond
Following the Summer Budget, FDA condemned the continuing pay restrictions for public sector workers while ARC welcomed the investment in HMRC.
FDA at Pride and TUC LGBT Conference
FDA's equality flag was flown at Pride in London. FDA delegates attended the TUC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conference, which passed FDA's motion on equal survivor benefits.
ARC President voices concerns over further HMRC resource cuts
Tony Wallace is quoted in the International Tax Review, warning that central Government cuts could affect HM Revenue and Custom’s ability to tackle tax evasion.
FDA responds to MPs’ assertions that civil servants could try to influence EU referendum
Penman tells The Huffington Post: "All sides in the referendum campaign need to exercise caution against rhetoric that damages both the impartiality and integrity of the civil service."
FDA supports National Work from Home Day 2015
Find out more about National Work from Home Day - part of the 10th annual Work Wise Week - along with what the FDA is doing to help regarding home working.
'A new, intelligent approach is needed on pay for senior grades in the civil service', says FDA
As reported in The Telegraph and The Guardian, the FDA has responded to Ipsa's recommendation that MPs’ salaries, including that of the Prime Minister, should be increased by 10%.
FDA response to the Queen's Speech
FDA Assistant General Secretary Rob O’Neill is quoted in Civil Service World, commenting on the Government’s plans to cap redundancy payments for public sector workers.
New Minister for the Cabinet Office speaks at the Institute for Government
Read about Matt Hancock's first speech and Q&A session as Minister for the Cabinet Office, including his response to the FDA's question regarding pay disparities between the public and private sector.
Winner of the FDA Wendy Jones Equality and Diversity Award
Read more about worthy winner David Chrimes here.
FDA responds to Government’s potential reduction of civil servants by one-fifth over next five years.
The Financial Times front page, The Guardian and The Mirror all quoted FDA's Dave Penman calling for the Government to "match commitment with resources".
Annual Delegate Conference 2015
Click here to read a round up of events at this year's Annual Delegate Conference. More news coming soon.
FDA launches 'New Government: New Deal' campaign
In his speech to FDA delegates, General Secretary Dave Penman called on the new Government to ensure that the civil service is more than simply another mechanism to reduce the deficit, by creating a different relationship with its civil servants and offering them a New Deal.
Follow the FDA's Annual Delegate Conference on Twitter
Keep up with the events of our conference on 14 May using the FDA's Twitter account @FDA_Union. We'll be live tweeting on the day. If you plan to tweet about the ADC, please use the hashtag #FDAADC15
Consultation continues on Civil Service Code
The FDA responds to the further consultation on changes to the Civil Service Code.
How Maude’s proposed individual rankings performance management system ‘will improve team working and morale is beyond me’, says Penman
FDA General Secretary tells Civil Service World that the Cabinet Office Minister’s individual rankings suggestion “would only intensify the bureaucracy, resentment and challenge already inherent in the current system".
FDA calls for action against race inequality at TUC Black Workers' Conference
FDA delegate Zoeta Manning, Chair of Managers in Partnership's National Committee, moved the FDA's motion on turning words into action on race equality on the NHS.
FDA secures written assurances from Government over changes to Civil Service Code
As a result of our petition response rate and media coverage, the FDA met with Francis Maude's Ministerial team last week to discuss our concerns.
FDA shares civil service pay freeze fears with Guardian Public Leaders Network
“Only the public sector seeks to recruit and retain highly marketable skills with bargain basement pay", says FDA Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke.
FDA response: ‘Knee-jerk’ ban on civil service media contact ‘only made to sate unfound and misguided ministerial mistrust’
As reported in The Guardian, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman has responded that this “blanket ban on media contact for civil servants – just 51 days before a General Election - is an unnecessary, unworkable and unjustified restriction on the work of the civil service".
MPs highlight the need for a new approach to civil service pay to ensure that vital skills are retained
PASC report warns that unless the Government finds "more intelligent ways of solving problems and making efficient use of funding" it risks losing "expensively gained skills and knowledge that it will struggle to replace."
FDA responds to SSRB publication
Click here to read the full report, the Written Ministerial Statement and our press release.
FDA supports Work Your Proper Hours Day 2015
Work Your Proper Hours Day 2015 is Friday 27 February. According to TUC research, this is the day when those who do unpaid overtime would start, on average, to get paid if they did all their unpaid work at the start of the year.
Lawyers' Network Event - Human Rights
On Thursday 19 February the FDA Lawyers' Network held a talk chaired by Helen Baird-Parker, Network Convenor, on the UK, Human Rights, and Europe with guest speakers Dominic Grieve QC MP and Angela Patrick of JUSTICE
ARC condemns 'corrosive message that paying tax is no longer a good thing for society'
Association of Revenue and Customs President Tony Wallace was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday evening, in response to recent HMRC press coverage around tax avoidance and evasion.
FDA members were unfairly dismissed from their jobs at the National Library of Wales
"The judge has completely vindicated us in finding that demotion was a breach of contract and a breach of trust and confidence", says FDA National Officer for Wales, Paul Neilson
FDA General Secretary’s Civil Service World column on Conservative public sector redundancy cap
Dave Penman discusses the impact of the cap and its press coverage, not only on how civil servants perform in their roles, but on the public’s perception of what they do.
COPFS cuts will lead to 'impact on wider justice system', FDA tells Herald
FDA Procurators Fiscal Section Secretary, Fiona Eadie, was quoted in The Herald responding to Scottish Government plans to cut Prosecutor staffing by £1.1m, despite declaring a £92m Justice underspend.
Former FDA Equality Champion joins Guardian Public Leaders Network editorial advisory board
Sarah Guerra, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Ministry of Defence and former FDA Executive Committee member, has been selected to provide insight over the next year to the Guardian Public Leaders Network editorial advisory board.
FDA responds to Conservative public service redundancy cap proposals
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC News, Sky News and across the print media, responding to the Conservatives’ plans to cap public sector redundancy pay-offs at £95,000 if they win the upcoming election.
FDA event explores working with non-visible disability
To celebrate this year's Disability History Month the FDA - alongside the CPS Disabled Staff Network – held an event looking at working with non-visible disabilities such as dyslexia, epilepsy and autism.
FDA response to the Autumn Statement
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman is quoted in Civil Service World, responding to the Autumn Statement. The union issued a press release following the Chancellor's announcement “to restrain public sector pay” and take "at least £15 billion off Whitehall budgets”.
FDA provides evidence to MPs’ civil service skills inquiry
FDA Assistant General Secretary Rob O’Neill has given evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee's inquiry into civil service skills. O’Neill was invited after the FDA submitted written evidence in July, highlighting the work of the union’s skills project, FDA Learn.
Civil Service Award winners announced
Congratulations to this year’s Civil Service Award winners, revealed at a ceremony held in central London on 19 November. Nominees heard speeches from Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude.
FDA guide to civil service pensions 2015
The FDA website has a dedicated section providing guidance on the new civil service pension scheme and how it will affect you, including a newly-updated FAQs section. The FDA is also holding pensions roadshows across the UK to provide more detail. For more information, click here.
FDA supports the Living Wage
Living Wage Week takes place each November and is a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage employers, including the FDA.
Civil service BME champion Richard Heaton: Every civil service leader "should mentor someone not like them"
Read our full report from BME into Leadership, the FDA’s and Dods’ event aimed at enhancing leadership opportunities for BME people.
FDA defends Ofsted inspectors
Following a Guardian article criticising Ofsted inspectors, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman has responded in the newspaper's letters page and in an article featuring opinions from a selection of people with an interest in education.
HMRC salary gap too wide, says ARC
The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) President Tony Wallace was quoted in Public Finance online, over the union’s concerns that significantly higher pay in the private sector could lead to HMRC staff leaving the civil service.
Britain Needs a Pay Rise: report from TUC march and rally
We joined our colleagues from across the trade union movement on Saturday's march. Read more here...
Dave Penman quoted across the media on the Civil Service Commission announcement
FDA's submission to HM Treasury consultation
Read more about HM Treasury's consultation on public sector exit payments and the FDA's full response here.
FDA at TUC Congress
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney addressed the TUC on Tuesday afternoon. Delegates also heard FDA motions on 'Defending Quality Public Services' and 'Valuing Diversity, Developing Talent'.
News from TUC Congress
Monday afternoon saw Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna address conference.
On Tuesday morning, a motion amended by the FDA on delivering high-performance workplaces was debated.
National Library of Wales to close on Wednesday as staff strike over pay
Staff at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth will take strike action on Wednesday, 10 September in a dispute over pay and concerns about the Library’s future. Members of all three unions at the Library – the FDA, Prospect and PCS – will be involved and management have confirmed that the Library will be shut to the public on Wednesday.
Talent Action Plan: Removing Barriers to Success
On Friday the Government launched its 'Talent Action Plan'. In response the FDA sent out a press release in support of the plan but outlined the need for further union involvement.
TUC Congress 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady addressed Congress on Monday morning and began by paying tribute to union representatives, stating that she is "proud of the great work they do".
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.
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.
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.
Shadow Cabinet Minister outlines civil service plans
In a speech at the Houses of Parliament this morning, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Dugher spoke to representatives from civil service unions - including the FDA - about Labour’s plans for the civil service, should it form the Government after the forthcoming election.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the FDA's Annual Delegate Conference on Twitter
Keep up with the events of our conference on 15 May using the FDA's Twitter account - @FDA_Union - we'll be live tweeting on the day. If you plan to tweet about the ADC, please use the hashtag #ADC14
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).