Headlines: June 28th, 2000

One of the first training events of its kind has been held to aid both Ministers and top civil servants grapple with joined-up thinking.The Government’s Centre for Management and Policy Studies (CMPS) ran the seminar, ‘Joined-up solutions to policy development’, to give a unique opportunity to share experiences and openly discuss the link between policy development and service delivery.

CMPS is hosting a series of such seminars as part of its commitment to change the culture of learning and to modernise policy making.

The seminar heard about the joined-up working happening to tackling the problem of rough sleeping, with presentations from Rt. Hon Hilary Armstrong MP, Minister of State DETR and, Louise Casey, Director Rough Sleepers Unit. These stressed how the unit works closely with officials across Whitehall, business, voluntary sector, individuals and rough sleepers themselves to tackle aspects of rough sleeping in an innovative and permanent way. As a result the make up of the unit reflects the joined up and multi-dimensional nature of the problem of rough sleeping.

A ministerial committee consists of champion ministers from all government departments with an interest in rough sleeping to oversee future policy developments.

CMPS was established a year ago, is responsible to the Cabinet Office, and incorporates the Civil Service College.