Labour wants diverse 'one nation' civil service
- Published on Monday, 07 April 2014 09:20
- Written by Govtoday staff
In the first proposed major reform of the civil service Labour will announce that it will take action to make Whitehall more diverse.
In a speech to the IPPR on Tuesday, Labour's shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, will say that Whitehall has become like a closed shop and will announce targets for BME young people and those from working class backgrounds to join the elite the fast stream programme for future civil service leaders.
Michael Dugher will cite figures showing that the civil service has become more unrepresentative and say that Labour's 'one nation' outlook extends to the make-up of Whitehall.
Labour's plans are:
- New targets for the number of successful BME and working class candidates entering the fast stream programme, reflective of the proportion of national graduates from those backgrounds.
- An expansion of internship programmes for those with diverse backgrounds.
- A fast-track on to the fast stream for those who have completed an internship programme.
Labour's plans would ensure there were hundreds more BME and working candidates entering the fast stream over the course of the next parliament.
Labour is focusing on the fast stream as this is the fastest way to achieve change and create a new generation of civil service leaders with senior roles who are more reflective of the country.
Michael Dugher said: "Labour would make sure kids from working class backgrounds can help run the country by busting open Whitehall. We want ordinary kids with extraordinary talents to be able to go from the classroom to the corridors of power.
"Politics can often feel distant and remote from working people - Labour's answer is to put them at the heart of our system. We want a 'one nation' civil service which looks more like those it is intended to serve.
"The civil service is like a closed shop, with fewer women, fewer ethnic minorities and fewer kids with working class parents. Labour will create a new generation of civil service leaders which will change the culture of government.
"A Labour government would be 'one nation' in outlook as well as make-up. One of the greatest ambitions must be to help run your country and this should never be confined to one region, class or gender."
Source: Labour party