It is vital that the civil service has the right skills and capability to deliver its priorities including better public services, and past failures in this area have led to high-profile failures.

In 2013, the leadership of the civil service stepped up reforms to professionalise key government activities – such as financial management and policy making – by taking a more joined-up approach to organising and developing these specialisms. The Institute for Government has supported these efforts since their inception. Our 2017 paper Professionalising Whitehall took stock of the reforms.

In 2018–19, we held a series of events with different heads of specialism for an update on this agenda: read a summary of the main insights from our events

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