Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Urged to Develop Concrete Plans for Policy Proposals

Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Urged to Develop Concrete Plans for Policy Proposals

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Civil servants have been urged to back policy proposals with practical plans on how they will achieve them.

Closing the gap, a report from the independent Whitehall & Industry Group, said businesses wanted policies to be more rigorously thought out before they were announced.

Mark Gibson, Wig's chief executive, told Public Finance that the message for ministers was to 'think it all through'.

'Don't just make a policy announcement with some directions. What business wants to hear is particulars.'

The October 21 report recommended that civil servants take more time to consult with business on policy. They should also try to reach beyond trade associations and other 'usual suspects' in their dialogue.

'Businesses don't mind turning out the technical experts,' Gibson said. 'We didn't find any businesses who were unwilling to talk to civil servants.'

Tne report, based on interviews with 40 senior leaders from both the public and private sectors, also contained lessons for the private sector. …

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