Civil service reform should not be decided by parliamentarians alone, says FDA

6 Sep 2013 10:45 AM

Responding to today’s publication of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) report on civil service reform, which has a sole recommendation of establishing a Parliamentary Commission, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said:

“While the FDA agrees with PASC that civil service reform is too important to be done without a comprehensive study of the challenges being faced, any proposed Commission should not be restricted to the opinions of parliamentarians alone.

“There appears to be no disagreement that reform of the civil service is required - ongoing reforms are essential to any major organisation, including the civil service. Any proposed Commission should not prevent essential reforms from being made.

“The FDA’s own alternative White Paper, including feedback and case studies from senior public servants, sets out 20 recommendations for reform, looking into the recognition, reward and resources required to secure a world-class civil service.

“All stakeholders must have a real opportunity to input their views, to enable a broader analysis and ensure that all aspects and potential outcomes on the future of the civil service have been considered.”

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals working across government and the NHS.

2. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants’ union".

3. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at

4. The FDA alternative White Paper, ‘Delivering for the Nation: Securing a World-Class Civil Service’, can be read

5. For further information contact:
• Dave Penman, FDA General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
• Kay Hender, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07980 700747.
• Diana Ruthven, Communications Officer, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07791 040394.