HM Treasury team wins special Civil Service Award

Written by Samera Owusu Tutu on 21 November 2014 in News
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The Treasury’s Scotland Analysis Programme Team won the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in this year’s Civil Service Awards.

 

The team was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country.

The award, which is aimed at “an individual or team who deserves particular recognition for their outstanding achievement in making a difference on an issue of national significance”, was handed to the winners at the awards ceremony held on Wednesday, 19 November, at Lancaster House.

Cabinet Secretary and civil service head Sir Jeremy Heywood (centre) presented the award to team members (from right to left) Paul Doyle, Will MacFarlane, Shannon Cochrane, and Mario Pisani.

Pisani said: “In the Treasury, everyone hates you. We don't get thanks for anything. This is one occasion where we've worked with the rest of Whitehall.

"We all had something in common, we're trying to save the Union here, and it came so close. We just kept it by the skin of our teeth. I actually cried when the result came in. After 10 years in the civil service, my proudest moment is tonight and receiving this award.”

He added: “As civil servants you don't get involved in politics. For the first time in my life, suddenly we're part of a political campaign. We were doing everything from the analysis, to the advertising, to the communications. I just felt a massive sense of being part of the operation. This being recognised [at the Civil Service Awards], makes me feel just incredibly proud.” 

Cochrane said: “we've learned that it is possible for civil servants to work on things that are inherently political and quite difficult, and you're very close to the line of what is appropriate, but it's possible to find your way through and to make a difference.”
And Doyle added: “This award is not just for the Treasury, it's for all the hard work that was done by all government departments on the Scotland agenda. 

“The reality was in all my experience of the civil service, I have never seen the civil service pull together in the way they did behind supporting the UK government in maintaining the United Kingdom. It was a very special event for all of us.”

MacFarlane also gave credit to their Scottish Government counterparts, “in particular the government economic service there, who did their jobs for their ministers. I think over the currency debate in particular both governments put forward their economic analysis, which framed where their governments were coming from in the debate.” 

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Edward Harkins (not verified)

Submitted on 16 December, 2014 - 22:00
“As civil servants you don't get involved in politics. For the first time in my life, suddenly we're part of a political campaign..." Isn't that an astonishing and revealing comment. The productions of HM Treasury and civil servants at the Scotland Office were critically remarked upon during the Scottish independence referendum. That was a democratic political process in which the civil service should not have been interfering. This episode can be reasonably construed as ultimately to be greatly damaging to any concept of the supposed 'apolitical' claims of the UK civil service. Ann Doyle is quoted as saying, “This award is not just for the Treasury, it's for all the hard work that was done by all government departments on the Scotland agenda". In the interests of transparency and democratic accountability would it not be helpful (essential?) to hear more from her about what this 'hard work' was?

Jack Mcardle (not verified)

Submitted on 17 December, 2014 - 13:55
I hope they enjoy their 'forty pieces of silver' They killed the hopes and aspirations of future generations to protect their jobs and not offend the landed gentry. Shame on them! - No impartiality whatsoever

Gabriella Pieraccini (not verified)

Submitted on 17 December, 2014 - 16:43
I'm not sure that this article could be any more offensive to Scottish civil servants if it tried. The UK civil service does not end at Whitehall.

Disappointed Ta... (not verified)

Submitted on 17 December, 2014 - 16:47
"For the first time in my life, suddenly we're part of a political campaign" So, not really evidence based policy making then?

Adrian Stapleton (not verified)

Submitted on 21 December, 2014 - 13:34
So these are the ones we have to thank for how Scotland is now being treated ,Removing one of our safety lines Kinloss rescue for all the children who are below poverty line and wondering what sort of Christmas the other people enjoy ,i personally hope they enjoy their award After all are we not better together now pensioners wondering why they are the lowest paid in Europe with heating bills higher than ever i could go on for ever even mentioning Trident wow we need nucelear weapons do we not if so move em nearer to where you with the award live and sit on the threat Have a Merr Christmas i know loads of children that won't

Andrew McLean (not verified)

Submitted on 15 June, 2015 - 10:12
So in defending your corrupt Union you would destroy any vestige of impartiality by the civil service! Thanks for you honestly thought, good to know how low snakes in the grass can lie!

Andrew McLean (not verified)

Submitted on 15 June, 2015 - 10:16
so in defending your crumbling Union, you would destroy the last vestiges of independence of the civil service! Thanks for the honesty, we know know how low snakes in the grass can lie! Dam you and dam your corrupt profession!

Laural (not verified)

Submitted on 30 August, 2015 - 19:58
Quite clearly in breach of Purdah

uglyfatbloke (not verified)

Submitted on 27 October, 2015 - 18:39
Good to know the civil service is so politically independent that it takes part in a political campaign.

Greg (not verified)

Submitted on 18 April, 2016 - 08:34
“In the Treasury, everyone hates you. We don't get thanks for anything." Just know that you're hated even more now. You deserve the stocks, not an award.

Gordon cuthbertson (not verified)

Submitted on 18 April, 2016 - 22:32
What happened to the traditional civil service impartiality once you got involved in this political campaign? You threw it in the bin.

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