Response to NAO Report: Capability in the Civil Service

Responding to today’s National Audit Office (NAO) report on Capability in the Civil Service, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government Julian McCrae, said:

“The Government needs to implement key manifesto commitments, deal with growing public service pressures and deliver Brexit. Pretending Whitehall can do everything, without limits to its capability, defies both common sense and the evidence in today’s NAO report. Instead, ministers must identify key priorities and ensure the resources are in place to make them happen. The civil service also has to build on the improvements in workforce planning identified by the NAO, and get the right people with the right skills working on ministers’ priorities.”