I have prepared a number of notes which provide a detailed account of, and commentary on, civil service reform activity from 1854 to the present day. They may be accessed via the following links.
(Please note that it would be best to read the introductory material elsewhere on this website before reading these detailed notes.)
1. From 1854 to 1997 - from Northcote Trevelyan to the 1997 general election
2. The Blair Government's Reform Programs 1997- 2007 - including a section on the politicisation of the senior civil service
3. Eight external reports 2004 to 2010 - recommending various reforms, and including a section on Departmental Boards
4. Gordon's Brown's Reforms 2007-2010 - including a 'Civil Service Act'
5. Late 2010 to early 2011 - The Coalition's 'Change Programme'
6. Late 2011 to early 2012- the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) recommends fundamental change, and the Government closes the National School of Government
8. The 2012 West Coast Main Line shambles and associated activity
10. The subsequent 2013 debate about the need for an independent commission - to review the relationship between Parliament, Ministers and the civil service, plus the introduction of SROs.
11. Late 2013 - the PASC recommends a Parliamentary Commission
12. Late 2013 including Extended Ministerial Offices
13. Developments from early 2014, inc. PASC and Liaison Committee Reports
14. Mid 2014 - Various Controversies
15. Late 2014-early 2015 - New CS Chief Executive, and GovernUp Conference
These pages are an important resource for those interested in the UK civil service. Please therefore do not hesitate to send me documents, images, information and material which could usefully be added to any of the above notes.