Skills for Government

Inquiry concluded

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On 28 July 2006 PASC launched an inquiry - 'Skills for Government'-which will examine the capability of the civil service to reform its role effectively. It will also look at the skills required by ministers.

The Committee will be asking whether the right mechanisms of recruitment, training and career development are in place. The effectiveness of the Cabinet Office fulfilling its core function of 'Strengthening the Civil Service' will also be considered. The inquiry follows PASC's recent work on the way the relationship between politics and administration affects the design and delivery of modern public services.

In particular, the inquiry will consider

  • Whether the first round of Capability Reviews carried out by the Cabinet Office been successful in identifying successes and failures within departments, and recommending action for change?

  • If the right incentive structures and targeted performance management programmes exist to encourage a culture of excellence within the civil service?

  • Whether the Civil Service recruitment strategy relates to the skills needed within the civil service?

  • If leadership within the Civil Service is of particular importance and whether the current perceptions of a lack of leadership of particular concern?

  • If the skills needed by ministers are being effectively cultivated?

For details of the inquiry please see the Issues and Questions paper

Minutes of Evidence

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