Archive for James Page

James is a senior researcher a the Institute working on transformation in Whitehall and ICT in government. He has also worked for Demos, the former Department for Education and Skills' Innovation Unit, and spent five years in consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and GHK Consulting.

James Page’s Posts

DIPs – worthy successors to Capability Reviews?

, 15 July 2013

Action 16 in the Civil Service Reform Plan heralded the end of Capability Reviews and introduced Departmental Improvement Plans (or DIPs) as their successor. The reform plan committed to two departments piloting DIPs before they are rolled out across the board in 2014. Just ahead of the ‘one year on’ review of progress, not...

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Unclear line of sight

, 10 July 2013

Underneath the headline numbers announced in the Spending Round on 26 June, ‘efficiency savings’ accounted for a whopping £5 billion – or 43% – of the total £11.5 billion of cuts. What is far from clear is where those “efficiencies” will come from. The closest we can get is looking at the changes to...

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Whitehall’s still standing – but for how long?

, 26 June 2013

Whitehall has undergone huge changes since 2010 – both introducing major reforms and making big cuts to its own cost base. Sir Humphrey would be appalled. It is hard to overstate the reforming ambition of this Government. It has introduced Universal Credit, reforms to welfare, schools, the NHS, police, prisons and probation. And all...

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Spending Review 2013: taking on the union

, 6 March 2013

After a decade of steadily rising budgets, the 2010 Spending Review set out spending cuts on a scale greater than anything since demobilisation. Still relatively fresh in post, ministers were generally ready and willing to cut public spending dramatically in their departments as a contribution to cutting the deficit. Some went further, wanting to...

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So you’re re-engaged?

, 28 November 2012

The 2012 Civil Service People Survey results, published today, provide the most comprehensive and up to date picture of how ‘engaged’ civil servants currently feel at work. The survey had 297,000 responses across 97 departments and agencies. It asks over 50 questions building up a detailed picture of what civil servants think about issues...

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The end of Capability Reviews: long live DIMs and DIPs?

, 20 July 2012

“It is the right time to change the current arrangements” according to the Civil Service Reform Plan. Capability Reviews, which started in 2005 and have just completed a third and final phase, are to be scrapped in favour of a new ‘departmental improvement model’ (a DIM) and ‘departmental improvement plans’ (DIPs). Is the Civil...

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When is Whitehall not like a business?

, 17 January 2012

PASC has been running a fascinating series of inquiries focusing on leadership and change in Government, covering Civil Service reform, the role of the new Head of the Civil Service and a call for shrinking the number of ministers. Yesterday PASC published the Government’s response. There is some common ground and several valuable ‘wins’...

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A good governance framework for civil service reform is easier said than done

, 8 February 2011

As part of its inquiry into civil service reform, PASC has set itself the challenge of developing a “framework of what constitutes good governance within which civil service reform can be effectively scrutinised and measured”.

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Whitehall cuts: what we can learn from Canada and Sweden

, 22 September 2010

At a recent seminar, we decided to take a look under the hood of the Swedish and Canadian consolidations in the 1990s and find out what their administrations actually did. Senior civil servants from both countries gave us much food for thought.

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