The scale of reform facing Whitehall over the coming years is enormous. David Cameron has promised to "turn government on its head" while the civil service is also facing the biggest spending cuts since demobilisation after the Second World War. Supporting Whitehall to be better as well as smaller in the coming years is core to the Institute's work.
The Institute set out its view of the challenges on civil service reform in early March 2012 in an open letter to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, and Sir Bob Kerslake, the Head of the Civil Service.
Sir Jeremy and Sir Bob, together with Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude offered their response to the letter at an event held at the Institute to launch the publication of the letter.