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FDA in the Guardian, BBC News and Civil Service World: PM orders inquiry into leak of memo about Brexit leaks crackdown
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said “Ask any journalist worth their salt and they’ll tell you that the vast majority of leaks emanate from politicians.”

FDA supports White Ribbon Day
The White Ribbon Campaign works to end gender-based violence and holds the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - White Ribbon Day - each November.

Government confirms Land Registry privatisation plans to be scrapped
FDA’s National Officer representing Land Registry members, Jawad Raza, said: “Our members can now rightly concentrate on delivering a world-class service rather than the constant worry of privatisation and reorganisation hanging over them. The public can also be assured that this move reduces the risk to the integrity of the land register, data protection, fraud and cyber security."

Job vacancy: FDA communications officer
Your chance to be part of an organisation that defends public servants and promotes public services.

FDA holds skills development event for civil servants post-Brexit
With speakers including DExEU Permanent Secretary Oliver Robbins, Civil Service Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil and IfG Deputy Director Julian McCrae, the event was aimed at helping civil servants understand the new demands that will be made of them, as well as identifying and sourcing development to assist with this.

The Times, the Scotsman, the National and others report FDA’s evidence to Scottish Parliament’s review of Scotland’s prosecution service
PFS section Vice President Rachael Weir told MSPs: "The expectation on us as an organisation is high, and properly high, but that is an expectation that then weighs on our members when they find themselves often struggling to deliver to the standards expected of them."

Brexit speculation: FDA in the Guardian, Independent and other coverage
General Secretary Dave Penman said: "While politicians squabble about hard and soft Brexit, there is a deafening silence from Ministers over whether any additional resources will be provided to deliver this momentous task."

Why it was important to strike a deal over the Civil Service Compensation Scheme
Read about the FDA General Secretary’s latest Civil Service World column here.

FDA teams up with cross-Government race networks to invest in BME leaders
Find out more about the FDA's partnership with new senior cross-Government race networks and how you can take part.

ARC President highlights the Government’s missed opportunity to close the tax gap
ARC President Vicky Johnson points out that by letting union's warnings go unheeded, the Government has failed to help close the tax gap.

MPs got very excited about the civil service's Brexit planning – maybe they should brush up on the constitution
Read about the FDA General Secretary’s latest Civil Service World column here.

FDA tells BBC News that the Government can’t rely on ‘make do and mend’ approach to civil service delivering Brexit
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman once again called on the Government to make clear how it will resource the UK's exit from the European Union.

FDA responds to Civil Service Compensation Scheme proposals
The FDA has updated members affected by changes to the CSCS and told CSW that "the choice facing the FDA was whether to stand on the side-lines complaining about the injustice of further reductions in these payments, or to engage in negotiations with a view to getting the best possible deal for members".

Women into Leadership comes to Leeds
Read our report from the first Women into Leadership event held outside of London and Edinburgh. Organised by the FDA and Dods and chaired by FDA Vice President Fiona Eadie, the event provides the opportunity to network with other female leaders, attend breakout workshops and hear from successful women both in and outside of the civil service.

SCS members: have your say in our 2016 SCS pay survey
The survey is a significant tool for the FDA in arguing the case for long overdue pay reform, with its results providing crucial evidence for our submission to the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Report from Women into Leadership London 2016
Organised by the FDA and Dods, the event was attended by 600 delegates, who heard from speakers including Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans, FCO Head of Campaigns and Engagement Ruth Shaw and chair, FDA Vice President Fiona Eadie.

Tuesday at TUC Congress 2016
ARC President Vicky Johnson spoke in support of composite motion seven, on protecting worker and trade union rights in the EU Brexit.

Monday at TUC Congress 2016
FDA President Gareth Hills spoke in support of tax relief on pension contributions motion.

Sunday at TUC Congress 2016
FDA General Secretary and FDA Vice President speak on motions on the first day of conference.

The Herald reports FDA’s response to MSPs’ review of Scotland’s prosecution service
FDA Vice President and Secretary of the Procurator Fiscal section of the union, Fiona Eadie, said the pressure on the COPFS budget is “incompatible with these increased demands”.

FDA General Secretary discusses civil service resources in Whitehall on implementing Brexit on BBC Radio 4 Today programme
Speaking on the Today programme GS Dave Penman stresses how resources are critical to the success of Brexit.

'Hypocrisy knows no bounds': FDA response to CSW report on significant pay rises for Cameron’s Special Advisers
Telegraph, Sun, Guardian, Independent, Metro, Mail and others report Penman's condemnation of "a Prime Minister who preached pay restraint and austerity to public servants and the public, whilst at the same time awarding double-digit pay rises to his Special Advisers".

FDA in the FT: Penman accuses pro-Brexit MPs attacking civil servants of ‘paranoia’
The FDA’s General Secretary has dismissed a Conservative MP’s call to fire civil servants working to oppose the UK’s exit from the EU as "paranoia" and "dreaming up future betrayals by civil servants that haven’t actually happened”.

ARC warns of perfect storm in response to HMRC's consultation document
ARC President Vicky Johnson quoted in the Guardian responding to the HMRC's tax avoidance consultation document

The FDA shares its views on EU exit what happens next in the PSM summer 2016 issue
Check out our summer 2016 issue of Public Service Magazine,featuring updates and reports on Keystone, ADC speeches, Working hours survey and much more.

Women Into Leadership London and Leeds (21 and 27 September)
Are you planning to attend Women Into Leadership in London or Leeds? Have you registered yet? Click here to find out more about this conference.

Longer hours for little gain
Find out more about the Smith Institute report on longer working hours 'Work harder not smarter'. The FDA were among seven unions whose members were surveyed.

Keystone: one year on
Keystone celebrates its first anniversary this week, help us spread the word about Keystone and this milestone with your HEO and SEO colleagues.

FDA blasts Cameron’s ‘astonishing act of hypocrisy’ in increasing redundancy pay for his Special Advisers while cutting civil service redundancy terms
As reported by the BBC, Daily Mail, New Statesman, Civil Service World and Politics Home, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said Cameron's decision "sends a clear message about who he valued most".

General Secretary's message to members following the UK's vote to leave the EU
Penman tells members: "Just as you, committed public servants, can provide a solid foundation for the citizens of the UK in these uncertain times, so the FDA will be there supporting you and advocating on your behalf." Read the full message here.

Civil Service Workforce Plan: FDA tells Guardian and CSW of concerns over 'two-tier pay structure'
In an opinion piece for the Guardian and in Civil Service World, General Secretary Dave Penman raises fears that rather than train internal talent, 'the easy option will be to look externally first'.

Civil Service Live 2016: London report
FDA and Keystone held two workshops on impactful leadership, run by the Central School of Speech and Drama. Find out more.

FDA success at Trade Union Communications Awards
The FDA receive honours at the 2016 Trade Union Communications Awards at TUC Headquarters.

Civil Service Live 2016 : Cardiff Report
The FDA recruitment team visited Cardiff this week for Civil Service Live 2016. Find out more here.

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman: My son has it right on Europe
Check out the General Secretary's Civil Service World opinion piece here.

FDA questions civil service resources and accusations of politicisation at Institute for Government debate on the repercussions for Whitehall, post EU referendum
General Secretary Dave Penman said: "Some of the comments about the politicisation of the civil service during this campaign only really undermine that trust [between Ministers and civil servants]".

UK vote to leave EU: FDA on EU unit and civil service resources
Penman welcomes appointment of Olly Robbins as head of EU unit and tells Guardian, CSW and Global Government Forum that "there's no fat in the system" within the civil service.

Civil Service Live 2016: Coventry report
The FDA and Keystone recruitment team visited Coventry for Civil Service Live this week. Find out more here.

FDA responds to UK vote to leave the EU
"Whoever leads the Government will need to ensure that they provide the civil service with the resources and expertise necessary to deliver this outcome", says Penman.

FDA at London Pride
Staff from the FDA, Keystone and Managers in Partnership marched proudly in the 2016 London Pride march on Saturday.

Civil Service Live 2016 in Coventry
If you are attending Civil Service Live 2016 in Coventry's Ricoh Arena on Wednesday, please drop by and visit the FDA and Keystone stalls on stands 38 and 40 and learn more about what we can offer you as a member.

Civil Service Live 2016: Sheffield report
Read about the FDA and Keystone's recruitment day at Civil Service Live 2016 in Sheffield.

Report from Civil Service Live Glasgow
Read about our successful first stop on the Civil Service Live roadshow.

Oppose the privatisation of the Land Registry
The privatisation of the Land Registry will have serious consequences. Seek support from your MP to oppose this.

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman: If MPs want proper scrutiny of civil servants, they must stop grandstanding
Click here to read more on Dave Penman's Civil Service World column

FDA at 102 Petty France
Non-members learned about the union's professional development training, member benefits and more, while members attended a free bite-size event on performance in presentation, delivered by the internationally-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Women into Leadership comes to Scotland
Read our report from the first Women into Leadership event held outside London. Organised by the FDA and Dods and chaired by FDA Vice President Fiona Eadie, the event provides the opportunity to network with other female leaders, attend breakout workshops and hear from successful women both in and outside of the civil service.

FDA at the 2016 TUC Disabled Workers' Conference
The FDA was represented by three delegates and the union's motion - Save the Human Rights Act - was unanimously passed by conference. Find out more here.

Annual Delegate Conference 2016 report
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman launched the union's campaign calling for members to be compensated for all hours worked, and delegates heard from STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith and the IfG's Julian MacCrae. Read more here.

FDA response to BIS Consultation on moving land registry operations to the private sector
Find out more about the key points covered in the FDA response to the BIS Consultation.

Land Registry privatisation consultation is ‘fundamentally flawed’ and ‘unsubstantiated by evidence’, says FDA
Find out more about the key points covered in the FDA's response to BIS Consultation on moving Land Registry to the private sector.

Women into Leadership Scotland on 25 May 2016
Women into Leadership comes to Scotland for the first time in May 2016. This conference examines how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be.

FDA wins legal victory over unlawful amendments to DfT staff handbook
FDA National Officer Martin Furlong said: "Two separate courts have now upheld our challenge. The time has come for the department to discuss the underlying issues with the FDA and other staff unions."

FDA responds to Senior Salaries Review Body report
The FDA issued a press release, which was reported by Civil Service World, stating that the SSRB and the Government had missed an opportunity to address senior civil service morale and retention in the long term.

Select Committee evidence sessions should not be viewed as 'theatre', FDA tells BBC Radio 4’s Today in Parliament
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on Radio 4’s Today in Parliament, discussing how MPs treat civil servants during Select Committee hearings.

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman: George Osborne's budgetary sleights of hand will cost the public sector billions
Click here to read more on Dave Penman's Civil Service World column

FDA in the Scottish media
FDA National Officer for Scotland, Allan Sampson, was quoted in the Scotsman, the Daily Record, the Evening Express and the Deeside Piper and Herald, welcoming a report by the Fair Work Convention. Click here to read more.

FDA in the media: Budget 2016
Reacting to the publication of the 2016 Budget, the FDA issued a press release that was featured in more than 50 national and regional publications, including the Daily Mail and the Times.

EU Referendum: FDA on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was interviewed on The World Tonight programme on Radio 4, discussing the freedom of opinions for civil servants on issues such as the EU Referendum.

FDA celebrates International Women's Day
On the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, find out more about the FDA's events aimed at helping women to progress in their careers, and the union's gender equality work alongside the TUC.

FDA and Keystone at Lunar House in Croydon
Non-members learned about the union's professional development training, member benefits and more, while members attended a free bite-size event on performance in presentation, delivered by the internationally-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

EU referendum: Government departments are not the playthings of individual ministers, says FDA
The union has responded in the Guardian to arguments amongst Ministers over the role of civil servants in the upcoming EU referendum.

FDA supports the TUC's Work Your Proper Hours Day
Find out more about the TUC's campaign against unpaid overtime and take part in the FDA's working hours survey. Are you working your proper hours?

ARC in the FT: Union responds to Public Accounts Committee report on HMRC’s investigation into Google
The Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) - the FDA section representing senior HMRC officials - tells the Financial Times that "a parliamentary committee . . . may not be best equipped to consider individual cases, which involve issues of complex tax law, accountancy and international treaties".

FDA and Keystone at Victoria Quay in Edinburgh
Non-members learned about the union's professional development training, member benefits and more, while members attended a free bite-size event on performance in presentation, delivered by the internationally-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

FDA questions why NAO accountability report only recommends changing incentives for civil servants
The Guardian reports FDA General Secretary's query as to why "no similar approach has been suggested for Ministers or their Special Advisers".

Penman calls for Minister to confirm civil service jobs won’t be axed to make room for apprentices
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman is quoted on the front page of the Financial Times, responding to a Cabinet Office document stating that there are plans to make civil servants redundant to make space for apprentices.

NAO report on MyCSP: FDA says "this level of service would be unacceptable in the private sector"
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was quoted in the Guardian, Civil Service World and Public Finance responding to a National Audit Office (NAO) report into members’ experience of civil service pension administration.

FDA supports the TUC's heartunions week of action against the TU Bill
Click here to find out more and see how you can get involved in the week of action, 8-14 February 2016.

BIS Sheffield office closure
Click here to find out more about the announcement and read the FDA's initial response.

FDA responds to Google tax settlement criticism
“The bottom line is that HMRC officials can only work within the law", says General Secretary Dave Penman.

FDA and Keystone visit 2 Marsham Street
Non-members learned about the union's professional development training, member benefits and more, while members attended a free bite-size event on performance in presentation, delivered by the internationally-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

FDA speaks out on SCS pay
Click here to read more on the media coverage of the FDA and Prospect's evidence to the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Trade Union Bill update: House of Lords debate
Having received an FDA Parliamentary Briefing on the issue, independent peers and Lords from across the political spectrum questioned why provisions for electronic balloting had not been included in the Bill, as previously pushed for by the union at TUC Congress.

MoD's Jon Thompson tells PSM his biggest challenge is "recruiting, retaining and motivating talented people"
The FDA's Public Service Magazine interviews MoD's Permanent Secretary about his Civil Service Social Mobility Champion role, and how his department can still recruit and retain the necessary skills whilst coping with cuts.

HM Treasury consultation: Recovering Exit Payments in the Public Sector
The Treasury has published a consultation on implementing further changes to the recovery of exit payments.

FDA General Secretary's latest Civil Service World column
Ministers keep talking about hammering down public sector terms to private sector levels while dreaming up new exemptions in order to compete, says Penman.

FDA contributes to TUC guide for reps: You Don’t Look Disabled
As part of UK Disability History Month, the TUC has published a guide to help workplace representatives support union members with invisible disabilities.

FDA responds to proposed cuts in voluntary civil service redundancy payouts
"At some point, the Government will discover that you can't simply continue to attack the pay and conditions of civil servants without consequences" says Penman

Job vacancy: FDA trade union trainee National Officer
The FDA presents an exciting, unique opportunity to develop the skills required as a National Officer and help drive a dynamic, progressive trade union representing senior managers and professionals in public service.

Spending Review: Chancellor needs to be honest with taxpayers and public servants about what can no longer be done, says FDA
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman appeared on BBC One's Breakfast programme, discussing the impact of the Chancellor's Spending Review announcement.

FDA supports White Ribbon Campaign UK
Click here to find out more and how you can get involved.

FDA health and safety representatives course: January – February 2016
Click here to find out more and book your place.

FDA responds to Ministry of Defence civil service job cuts of almost 30%
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman appeared on the BBC Radio 4 World at One programme, in response to announcements of 30% civil service job losses at the Ministry of Defence as part of the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review.

ARC helps debunk tax myths at Parliamentary event with Financial Secretary to Treasury
Chaired by FT tax correspondent Vanessa Houlder and organised by the Association of Revenue and Customs (ARC) - the section of the FDA representing senior HMRC staff – speakers included Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke MP, ARC President Tony Wallace, Shadow Financial Secretary Rob Marris MP, and ARC and FDA Committee member Helen Baird-Parker.

FDA questions whether Ministry of Defence could be 'spending too much time and money looking to recruit from outside when there is plenty of talent in MoD'
The Independent has quoted FDA General Secretary Dave Penman’s response to reports that the MoD is spending money on headhunters to recruit externally.

FDA tells Daily Mirror: 100,000 civil service jobs could be axed following cuts in upcoming Spending Review
Assistant General Secretary Rob O'Neill responds to announcement that seven departments - including HMRC and DWP - will receive cuts of an average of 21% before 2020.

Ministerial leadership has to respond Civil Service People Survey results, FDA tells Civil Service World
Responding to the publication of the 2015 Civil Service People Survey results, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: "The ministerial leadership has to respond to the question of how these issues can be addressed, in a context of a service being expected to deliver ever more with ever less".

Disability History Month 2015
Click here to find out more about the FDA's UKDHM event on Tuesday 1 December.

FDA tells Guardian: Junior doctor pay rise offer shows ‘public sector pay restraint policy is coming apart at the seams’
General Secretary Dave Penman responded to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, offering 40,000 junior doctors an 11% pay increase.

FDA at the TUC and STUC rallies against the Trade Union Bill
Read about the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill held at Central Hall, Westminster and the STUC rally in Dundee on 2 November.

FDA supports Living Wage Week
As a Living Wage employer, the FDA supports Living Wage Week, which takes place each November in the UK.

Minister for Cabinet Office outlines public service reform plans: FDA questions whether commitments will match resources
After Matthew Hancock stated that “tight budgets force innovation”, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman queried whether the Spending Review or Single Departmental Plans will explain what that innovation is expected to deliver in terms of efficiencies.

BME into Leadership 2015
See pictures and read more about this year's conference here.

FDA tells Civil Service World: ‘Undervalued’ civil servants ‘need a new deal’ from the Government
Responding to Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s comments that civil servants are "realistic" about the need for pay restraint, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said that the FDA’s members “demonstrate a commitment to public service every day” but had been left “undervalued” in recent years.

FDA in the media
Click here to read the FDA's media coverage in The Independent and The Telegraph on the pay disparity between the public and private sector and the civil service pension scheme.

FDA at Civil Service Live London 2015
Click here to find out more about the London event

Report from Civil Service Live in Edinburgh
Civil service Chief Executive John Manzoni visited the FDA and Keystone stands, where staff and representatives shared information and recruited new members.

Women into Leadership 2015
Click here to see more from the FDA and Dods 6th annual Women into Leadership Conference.

'There's not enough money or prosecutors in the system' within Scottish prosecution service, FDA tells Herald
Responding to an Audit Scotland report highlighting the increasing workload pressures on Scotland's Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, FDA's Jim Caldwell said: "Unless things change, the service is going to continue to decline and it's the public who are going to suffer."