Fine words not enough

What should be included in civil service reform plan

Creative thinking about the relationship between the public and private sectors and clarity and consistence about where people and organisations sit are vital if the civil service is to change for the better, Prospect head of research Sue Ferns argues in a blog on the Guardian Professional website.

Ferns says that the government’s civil service reform plan is disappointing on many levels. She makes a number of proposals about what should be included in a strategy that would deliver sustainable reform.

She calls for: