Friday, 1 April 2011

Running Policy for Government

Great news this morning! A call from the Office of Civil Society to confirm that a deal has been done. We have been in detailed discussions with them about a contract to run their entire policy development. It has been obvious for some time that the major policy development work on the third sector and Government takes place in acevo. So we have signed a contract that ensures a partnership between us and Government on policy , with the lead work on this in the Acevo office , working to broad general oversight by the OCS.

The Acevo staff are delighted at such public recognition and I have seen the draft of the press release from Nick Hurd MP showering praise on acevo's work in developing a better understanding of how to promote Big Society. A generous payment will be made for this contract,building on the increase in our strategic partnership grant. Obviously we will work with others in this new deal. I shall ne talking to Sir Stuart about how the Ncvo research feeds into this ( and we shall even pay!) .

This is also great tribute to the work of Ralph Michell who is recognised internationally for his policy brain. I have
Promoted him to Director and he is going to have to recruit more staff ,so he is off to his old Oxford college to do this next week.

What a great week.

6 comments:

chris said...

'so he is off to his old oxford college to do this' !!!!

glad to see acevo modelling such an inclusive policy towards equality of access to employment opportunities...

Rambling Chap said...

Let's hope that government doesn't pick this up and promote it as being 'the voluntary sector model', for recruitment. Seems like old habits die hard, Sir!

Robin said...

I suspect my spoofer Sir Stephen is having a little joke here on April fool's day - riffing on my own Oxford, naturally, based method of recruitment.

Sir Stephen Bubb said...

Oh dear! Poor Chris ; what a twit. The clue is in the date , as Sir Robin wisely spotted! Mind you......

Rambling Chap said...

...but I completed this 'negative' post to see whether it was allowed to stand on this occasion, unlike other times when it - along with other critical comments - was deleted within hours...
Seems that if one can be accused of being silly/unaware/over-serious - or hoist on one's own petard, ooer missus - then it will stand as a permanent monument to the cleverness of the bhoys from Oxon/Brixton.

chris said...

oh dear. i am a twit.

sir stephen - what a wit.

i should have realised - such a comment is so out of keeping with the pompous tenor of the rest of this blog.

(really sir stephen did you go to oxford? have you just been knighted?)