Government reforms to departmental boards are bold. With Secretaries of State now as Chairs, the dynamics of how they operate will inevitably change. The big question is – will this be the cure for the problem?
'Fast Streamers' are the treasured resource of the Civil Service. Selected through a rigorous process that marks them out as the future leadership cadre, they are much sought after by teams wishing to pick from the conveyor belt of the brightest minds. Whitehall should rethink its approach to how it manages this resource.
Wednesday's Spending Review announcement looms large. One of the key lessons from successful exercises like this from abroad is the need to be up-front about the pain. After all, people will be experiencing it for themselves soon enough.