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