Granatt becomes first full-time head of GICS

Mike Granatt has been appointed to a newly-created post as full-time head of the Government Information and Communication Service.

Mike Granatt has been appointed to a newly-created post as

full-time head of the Government Information and Communication

Service.



Granatt formerly held the job as a part-time appointment alongside his

position as director of communications at the Home Office.



He will be part of the Cabinet Office, which will be enlarged to improve

the linkeage between policy formulation and implementation.



Reporting to Cabinet secretary Sir Richard Wilson, Granatt has an

initial two-year contract and a brief to implement the recommendations

of the Mountfield Report, which was published in December and outlines

the review of the information service.



The report’s recommendations include more consistent staff development

and training and closer working relationships between information staff

and policy civil servants.



- The public administration select committee has asked the Government to

explain why two separate services, for government information officers

and mainstream civil servants, are necessary.



In a report on the GICS published this week, the committee concluded

that merging the services would solve the problem of lack of job

mobility for GICS officers, and improve their knowledge of government.



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