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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.

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."

Civil Service Live: Bristol
Representatives from both the FDA and Keystone were present and recruited new members at the third Civil Service Live 2015 event, held at Colston Hall in Bristol.

FDA at the Government Statistical Service and Government Economic and Social Research conferences
FDA Organiser Becky Billington provided information for both members and potential members from the union's stand at the GSS and GESR conferences.

Wednesday at TUC Congress 2015
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman was re-elected to the TUC General Council, and Director of Liberty and former FDA Executive Committee member Shami Chakrabarti addressed Congress.

Tuesday at TUC Congress 2015
The FDA moved motions on electronic statutory balloting and the public sector redundancy cap, and delegates heard from the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

FDA and Keystone at Civil Service Live Manchester
The second Civil Service Live took place in Manchester on 14 September. Both the FDA and Keystone had stalls at the event, with information stands and staff available to speak to members and potential members alike.

Monday at TUC Congress 2015
Delegates heard from TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady, and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow. O'Grady condemned the Trade Union Bill, which was debated in Parliament on the same day.

Sunday at TUC Congress 2015
On the first day of Congress, FDA delegates seconded motions on positive consultation and employee engagement, and public funding for arts and culture.

FDA and Keystone at Civil Service Live Newcastle
Civil Service Live kicked off at St James’ Park in Newcastle on 10 September, with Organiser Becky Billington and Keystone National Officer Wynne Parry providing information for members and potential members at the FDA and Keystone stands.

FDA in Civil Service World
Read Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke's opinion piece in Civil Service World where she discusses discusses the latest Spending Review calls for further cuts to departmental spending and what this will mean for the future of the civil service, not just in terms productivity but in terms of staff moral and future recruitment into the service.

FDA on the Trade Union Bill – BIS Consultations
Click here to read the FDA’s briefing on the Government’s draft ‘Trade Union Bill’ published on 15 July 2015.

FDA responds to reports of Government scheme to rehire former civil servants on zero hours contracts
FDA General Secretary Dave Penman is quoted in The Guardian, responding to reports that a pilot scheme launched by the Cabinet Office is re-recruiting former civil servants to Government jobs.

FDA: Chief Secretary to the Treasury's letter to public service pay boards is 'deeply concerning'
Read the FDA's response to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's letter to public service pay boards stating that "there should not be an expectation that every worker will receive a 1% award".

FDA formal response to HM Treasury consultation on capping public sector exit payments
Read the FDA's full response and access our Guide to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

Dave Penman in Civil Service World
Click here to read more on the General Secretary's monthly opinion piece.

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.

Problems with FDA phone lines
The FDA's phone lines are currently down. The issue is being looked into and should be rectified shortly. In the meantime, if you need to contact the FDA please email

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