Archives for July 23rd, 2001

CHANGING FACE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 July, 2001

The effects of changes in career and incentive systems for civil servants are starting to show. Top civil servants have taken on the roles of ‘Champions’ to look at the key issues of leadership, bringing in and bringing on talent, performance management, diversity, business planning and a better deal for staff. The role of the champions is to help departments and agencies meet the exacting targets designed to produce a better, more responsive, more diverse, better equipped civil service.A performance management system for the Senior Civil Service was launched in April 2001. This is underpinned by a new competency framework and a 360 degree feedback package.

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GOVERNMENT TAKES CAUTIOUS APPROACH TO RISK MANAGEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 July, 2001

Prime Minister Tony Blair’s call for a review risk management marks another milestone in public service culture change. The Performance and Innovation Unit, the Cabinet Office think tank, has been asked to look at ways to improve the way risk is managed. It will report early in the New Year.The review is the latest in a series of attempts to move public services away from a risk aversion culture and towards managing risk. Previous attempts include the March 1999 White Paper Modernising government which included a commitment to improve the way risk is managed, a Treasury consultation draft on ‘Management of Risk – a Strategic Overview’ in February 2000, followed by seminars for Ministers and senior civil servants on risk and policy development. In August 2000 the National Audit Office published ‘Supporting Innovation: Managing Risk in Government Departments. September 2000 was the deadline for departments to set out a framework describing how they would approach risk management. The frameworks were to include details of how staff would be told about the benefits of risk management and how senior managers would show their commitment to it.

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WORTH THE RISK – IMPROVING RISK MANAGEMENT IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 July, 2001

Audit Commission paperThe paper provides practical advice to councils on how to address their key business risks. It argues that councils must identify and cope with the risks that threaten the achievement of their key strategic aims, and recognise that the process is not a one-off exercise, but an ongoing task. It is aimed at councillors and officers to help them review whether their current risk management activities are satisfactory. It contains examples of good practice and a number of suggestions for improvement that can realistically be implemented in any council.

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