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Minister for the cabinet office, Mo Mowlam, today spoke about the ...
Minister for the cabinet office, Mo Mowlam, today spoke about the

importance of joined-up thinking across departments to find practical


Speaking at a joint policy seminar run by the government's Centre for

Management and Policy Studies (CMPS) 'Joined-up solutions to policy

development' she welcomed the unique opportunity the seminars give

ministers and civil servants to share their experiences and openly

discuss key issues in policy.

'The delivery of joined up solutions will not be easy, but nothing

will change unless ministers, senior officials and others in the

wider public sector talk about how this can be achieved.

'The mere fact that these seminars exist demonstrates a real

commitment by CMPS to change the culture of learning and modernise

policy making. These seminars give us all the opportunity to share

the lessons learnt from being involved in crosscutting policies

within Whitehall or across the public sector.'

In looking at ways of improving joined-up working, the seminar

considered the approach taken to rough sleepers. The presentations by

Hilary Armstrong, minister of state DETR & Louise Casey,

director Rough Sleepers Unit showed that the unit works closely with

officials across Whitehall, business, voluntary sector, individuals

and rough sleepers themselves to tackle aspects of rough sleeping in

an innovative and permanent way. As a result the make up of the Unit

reflects the joined up and multi-dimensional nature of the problem of

rough sleeping.

A ministerial committee consists of champion ministers from all

government departments with an interest in rough sleeping to oversee

future policy developments.

The CMPS Joint Policy Seminars are a response to the Modernising

Government commitment to train ministers and top civil servants

alongside each other in policy development. Focusing on practical

solutions rather then theoretical issues they provide an environment

for ministers, civil servants and others outside Whitehall to share

experiences and to discuss and consider key issues in the development

of policy.


1. CMPS was established in June 1999 as an integral part of the

Modernising Government Agenda. CMPS is sited at the heart of

government within the Cabinet Office and incorporates the Civil

Service College. As a key element in improving policy-making on

crosscutting issues across Whitehall, the new series of seminars

will give an emphasis to the link between policy development and

service delivery.

2. CMPS encourages civil servants to learn from best thinking and

practice, whether found inside or outside Whitehall. It does so in

a way that is relevant to Government's current concerns.

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