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History & Policy Event

Reforming the Civil Service: the Next Steps report, 30 years on

22 May 2018 - 18:15 pm - 19:45 pm

Council Room, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

This event is the first in a 2018 series marking a number of anniversaries of key events in the history of the UK Civil Service, including also the Haldane (1918) and Fulton (1968) reports.

In 1988 the official report Improving Efficiency in Government: The Next Steps appeared in its final form. It led on to one of the most substantial reconfigurations the UK machinery of government has seen, with the allocation of a wide range of functions to executive agencies. Kate Jenkins, former head of the government's Efficiency Unit and co-author of the report, will provide her perspective on the exercise and its significance, followed with a response by Sir Richard Mottram, whose forty-year career in the Civil Service included a spell in the early 1990s as Permanent Secretary at the Office of Public Service and Science within the Cabinet Office, where his responsibilities included public service change and management. Joining the discussion from an academic perspective will be Dr Andrew Blick (King's College London). Dr Catherine Haddon (Institute for Government) will chair.

This is a unique opportunity for historians and practitioners, past and present, to reflect together on how reform comes about in government and how it works - there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

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Professor Kate Jenkins, co-author of the Next Steps report and former head of the government's Efficiency Unit, Visiting Professor, Government Department, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Sir Richard Mottram GCB, Permanent Secretary at a number of government departments over his 40-year career in the Civil Service, including the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence and the then Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Dr Andrew Blick, Director of History and Policy, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King's College London

CHAIR: Dr Catherine Haddon, Institute for Government


18:15 pm - 19:45 pm

Council Room, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
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