importance of joined-up thinking across departments to find practical
Speaking at a joint policy seminar run by the government's Centre for
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
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
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
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.