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nnex: Selected chronology of Civil Service reform

1854Sir Stafford Northcote and Sir Charles Trevelyan Report on the Organisation of the Permanent Civil Service.
1918The Haldane Report called for rationalisation of departmental responsibilities.
1919The Bradbury Report resulted in new Establishments branch of the Treasury to oversee Civil Service organisation and pay.
1961The Plowden Report argued that Civil Service needed to professionalise its management systems and behaviour
1968The Fulton Report recommended:
  • A Civil Service Department comprising Civil Service Commission and management divisions of Treasury;
  • a Civil Service College;
  • special assistants and senior policy advisers to Ministers ;
  • integration of specialists and generalists; and
  • hiving of some departmental functions to agencies
1987Improving Management in Government: the Next Steps report (the Ibbs report): recommended radical extension of executive agencies.
1999Modernising Government Initiative launched to promote:
  • better policy making;
  • more responsive and higher quality services; and
  • modern public sector management.
2004 Launch of 'Civil Service Reform: Delivery and Values'. Lyons and Gershon reports recommend efficiency savings and major changes in the way departments are organised and managed. Professional Skills for Government launched with the aim of ensuring civil servants have a consistent level of skills and experience in three broad categories (leadership, core skills and professional skills).
2010Constitutional Reform and Governance Act puts the Civil Service on a statutory footing by enshrining in legislation the core values and principle of appointment on merit.

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