Magazine article Public Finance

FDA 'Was Not Consulted' over Reid's New Compact

Magazine article Public Finance

FDA 'Was Not Consulted' over Reid's New Compact

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Senior civil servants this week claimed they were not consulted over the Home Office's new compact' outlining staff and ministerial duties.

Whitehall managers, including some at Marsham Street, have approached Home Secretary John Reid and his permanent secretary, Sir David Normington, demanding clarifications on the new contract.

Some told Public Finance that Reid and the Home Office board imposed the new deal, which emerged following a recommendation in the department's critical capability review last year. The imposition, they argued, could undermine the compact s purpose: to clarify responsibilities for management, policy and resource decisions.

One source explained that Reid's propensity to 'follow the headlines' when attempting to patch up the department meant that resource decisions, for example, were still exposed to ministerial whims. …

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