Bulletin 49 - 23 March
This email Bulletin is sent to all HR Directors working in Government for cascade to HR practitioners in
Employer Pensions Notices issued since last bulletin
EPN244 - February 2009: New Civil Service Website
o Office Notice (09)01 Changes to the Civil Service pensions web site
o Announcing the new website. Summary article for use in your in-house staff magazine
or on your intranet
o Announcing the new website Civil Service pensions newsletter
EPN243 - February 2009: Announcing the forthcoming Pensions Conference
o Pensions Conference application form
EPN242 - February 2009: 2008 - 2009 Pension Contributions
Deadline: 6th April 2009.
Introduction of The Employment Act 2008 and Reviewing the Management
of Discipline And Grievance Procedures
Issue: Repeal of the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004 and the relevant
provisions of the Employment Act 2002 and the consequent withdrawal of the mandatory “three-step”
process for disciplinary and dismissal procedures undertaken by an employer and for grievances raised
by an employee.
Action: HR Directors should review their disciplinary and grievance procedures to ensure that
departmental procedures meet the new arrangements as set out in the revised ACAS Statutory Code of
Timing: Routine. The new dispute resolution arrangements will come into force on 6 April 2009.
Please see attached appendix 1 or contact Policy Adviser Jane.Allen@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk for
Breaches of data handling policy
HR Directors should ensure that the requirement in the ‘Data Handling Procedures in Government’
report (paragraph 2.18) published in June 2008 has been actioned:
“HR processes in Departments will be amended where necessary to make clear that failing to apply
controls in handling sensitive data is a serious matter and could amount to gross misconduct”.
For further information please contact: Phillip Jones on 020 7276 1519 orphillip.jones@cabinet-
Job Evaluation – JEGS
Version 7 of the JEGS software was successfully released recently.
This version of the software (in common with earlier versions) has the capacity to model various “what
if” scenarios such as changes to individual profile scores and changes to any bespoke grade structures. It
has become clear that some Departments and their users of JEGS software have allowed casual
application of scoring protocols to the extent that databases maybe out of synchronisation with
departmental grading standards. For example, when “what if” modelling has not been either confirmed
HR Directors are requested to ensure that JEGS databases are auditable and if any irregularities are
discovered they are defensible. Any training needs in relation to the software can be addressed by
contacting either Towers Perrin or Beamans.
Departments are advised that data hosted by Towers Perrin will no longer be at a UK based site. They
wish to accommodate this facility using a site in North America. Cabinet Office is investigating the
propriety of this in relation to Data Protection legislation etc. In the meantime, departments are
requested to consider if they have any individual concerns and to let us and Towers Perrin know what
Contact details – Beverley Pye on 0207 276 1783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Evolving SCS Base Camp
The SCS Base Camp launched in October 2007. Five have run to date attended by around 400
An informal evaluation of the first three Base Camps by the former Chief Executive of the National
School of Government, Robin Ryde, has recommended minor refreshments to the programme.
These recommendations will be discussed with a group of stakeholders, including the Permanent
Secretaries who have hosted Base Camps, in May. Any changes will begin with the next run on 1- 3 July
For more information contact: DavidWidlake@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
Message From Clive Norris
"I am leaving the Civil Service at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities. I have very much
enjoyed my two and half years in the HR leadership family. You have been warm and supportive
colleagues and I am sure that you will all go from strength to strength in the months and years ahead.
With my best wishes CLIVE".
Organisational Development and Change Framework and Toolkit
The Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with the National School for Government
officially launched the OD and Change Framework and Toolkit 13th March at a special event attended by
HR leaders from across Civil Service HR. The event was a great success and we are sure that the
Framework will be of immediate value to all HR professionals to help build Organisational Development
capability across Government.
Accessing the Framework and Toolkit
You can access the Framework and Toolkit via the NSG website at
You will need to register if you have not done so previously.
For further information contact Roy Amyes on 0161 874 email@example.com
Please see the attached documents for further information.
Learning and development
Leadership Masterclasses for Third sector Commissioning
1st April 2009, No 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET, Free-of-charge
One part of the Government’s Action Plan “Partnership in Public Services - an action plan for third
sector involvement” was the implementation of Phase 1 of the National Programme for Third Sector
Commissioning. This free-of-charge event will pull together leaders from the Public Services and the
Third Sector to share their experiences of leading their organisations to commission or provide public
services innovatively and sensitively and where appropriately with the third sector.
As we face up to the challenge of these difficult economic times, it is important that learning on
commissioning is shared across the sectors. These masterclasses are part of that sharing at a senior level
in organisations. The aim of these events is to share our knowledge and your contribution and your
participation is important. This event will be chaired by Professor John Benington - Professor of Public
Policy and Management, Institute of Governance and Public Management, Warwick Business School
For programme content enquiries, please contact Programme Director: Julie Partridge
For booking enquiries, please contact Kathryn Fox
01344 634 344
Changing Culture, Strengthening Delivery
Monday 27 April 2009, £245, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
'Changing Culture, Strengthening Delivery' is a one-day conference for senior managers, directors and
equivalent involved in implementing change and strengthening performance and capability in central
and local government organisations.
It is presented jointly by the National Audit Office (NAO) and the National School of Government. Three
cross-government National Audit Office reports (Innovation in Government; Capability Reviews; and
Helping Government Learn) will be brought to life through a variety of case studies from across the
public sector. They will highlight how you can improve your capability to meet the challenging objectives
and Public Service Agreements (PSAs) set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
You will have the opportunity to debate the challenges and barriers you face in implementing change
and come away with solutions to strengthen your performance.
There will be a panel session in the morning and two table discussion sessions, backed by interactive
technology – in the morning, to consider the barriers to change, and in the afternoon, exploring the
potential solutions. The proceedings will be interspersed with short films of innovative and interesting
initiatives from across the public sector. These will help to give a front-line perspective. The conference
will end with feedback of comments and proposals to Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary.
For more information, including the full programme and keynote speakers please visit ‘Changing
Culture, Strengthening Delivery’
Or contact Joanne Donkin 01344 634 154;firstname.lastname@example.org
External events/conferences etc
A comprehensive calendar of externally arranged and hosted events can be found on the Personnel