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Civil Servants Told 'To Break Down Old Ways of Doing Things'

Magazine article Public Finance

Civil Servants Told 'To Break Down Old Ways of Doing Things'

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Around 6,000 civil servants at all levels this week heard Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell outline a renewed drive for Whitehall reform and a skills strategy for department staff.

O'Donnell, hosting Civil Service Live at the QEII centre in London, said the three-day event was about civil servants being entrepreneurial and taking managed risks, 'to break down the old ways of doing things'.

He said: 'The civil service is working within an ever-changing environment to deliver public services to a diverse range of users. It will be challenged to do more with less and to respond to an evolving and competitive global market.'

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: 'The countries that are going to succeed in the future are those which find a way of bringing out the talent, the creativity and the potential, and all the educational abilities of all the people. …

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