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Mandarins Call for Action after Casey Gaffe

Magazine article Public Finance

Mandarins Call for Action after Casey Gaffe

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Senior civil servants have called on the Home Office to take a 'robust approach' in dealing with senior official Louise casey, following her ill-considered comments on antisocial behaviour policies.

The FDA union, which represents senior Whitehall staff, has also called on the government to 'end its procrastinating over a civil service Act' and pass a Bill in order to enshrine the rights and responsibilities expected of Whitehall staff when in post.

Jonathan Baume, FDA general secretary, said critical remarks made by casey at a private event attended by senior police officers last month, which were caught on tape by a fellow guest, are a clear breach of the civil service code and also bring 'the Home Office into disrepute'.

Baume also urged incoming Cabinet secretary Gus O'Donnell, and the Civil Service Commission, to 'review the quality of training and development for external appointees to the civil service'.

The FDA has long been concerned about the status and remit of such staff.

casey, head of the Home Office's antisocial behaviour unit, attacked several key government policies, including the campaign to reduce binge drinking, during a light-hearted speech in Stratford-on-Avon. …

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