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Ministers have just given themselves the right to appoint more people to their private offices including more people from outside the civil service

By Emran Mian  

Who said what to whom? Ministers have just given themselves the right to appoint more people to their private offices including more people from outside the civil service. The purpose is to strengthen their hand in running departments. But guidance issued by the Cabinet Office, ie signed off by Francis Maude, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, on Wednesday includes the commitment that “advice from officials in the Department must go to the Minister unaltered.” 

What does it mean? Extended Ministerial offices will have the capacity to range more widely, explore issues in more depth and give more detailed instructions. Ministers are…

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