Innovation in Government (again)

Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne has announced a new ‘Innovation Council’ to fast-track ‘front-line’ innovation.

Unfortunately the 12 people named for the ‘Council’ include 6 civil servants (about 10% of the public service), only one local government person (about 25%), a couple from the health service people (also about 25%) and some voluntary sector people – a small fraction of ‘public’ activity.  

“If we want Whitehall to focus on innovation, we have to change the signals we give at the top – and the support we give policymakers at the bottom. And crucially we have to showcase the kind of innovation we want to see, in a way that keeps the ‘flash-to-bang’ as fast as possible” says Byrne.

I can’t help thinking something dominated by Whitehall insiders might not be the best way of achieving this.


About Prof. Colin Talbot

Research Associate, University of Cambridge Professor of Government (Emeritus), University of Manchester
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