Argument for Civil Servants making the decisions in policy making

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  • Civil Servants make policies?
    • Ministers become very reliant on civil servants to do various types of work
      • the types of work vary but include things such as giving them advice on political issues to organising their day to day duties
    • higher civil servants prepare legislation, looking at alternative policies and drawing up answers for questions.
      • it can take 7 years to become qualified to draft a bill
    • the Permenant Sectretary is responsible to the minister for what goes on in their department
      • have to direct and supervise most the department's normal work, perhaps 85-90% of it
    • Civil servants serve 20 years compared to 2 and a half years for a Minister
      • the civil servants are aware of different areas of policy but these may conflict with the government's priorities
  • Civil servants serve 20 years compared to 2 and a half years for a Minister
    • the civil servants are aware of different areas of policy but these may conflict with the government's priorities
  • this essentially means that a minister might give a general idea but the civil servants will create the ins and outs of the policies

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