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Topic for February 2021 - The Civil Service

    • 106 posts
    February 9, 2021 11:10 AM GMT

    Our topic for February is the Civil Service - Asset or Liability?

    Our proposed agenda is:


    What is the Civil Service?

    What do we mean by Government?

    Which Government organisations are staffed by Civil Servants?

    Where are the boundaries between the Civil Service and other Public Sector Bodies?

    What are their roles in policy making and implementation?

    What are the pros and cons?

    Is ‘Yes Minister’ a good reflection?

    What are good examples?

    What are poor examples?

    Is the Civil Service over bureaucratic?

    Does it have the right skills?

    Business, IT, Science and technology

    Does it use Consultants too much?

    Has the pandemic taught us anything about the Civil Service?

    How well does it partner with business and science?

    • 106 posts
    February 22, 2021 6:51 PM GMT

    The Combined output of Deep Thought and Zero Gravity discussion groups on Reform of the Civil Service is now available at Civil Service Reform