Posted on the Bevan Foundation blog on 23 October
The Assembly Government have announced, via the jobs pages of the Western Mail, a major re-organisation at the Senior level of the Civil Service.
A new layer of thematic departments are to be created: Sustainable Futures; Public Services and Local Government Delivery; People, Places and Corporate Services; and Finance.
Each gets a new Director General, seemingly in addition to existing heads of department, at a salary of 'circa' £130,000.
The new structure is the brainchild of the new Permanent Secretary, Dame Gill Morgan.
It is in principle a good idea to try and take advantage of the intimacy of Government in a small nation. But it still leaves challenges, not least in terms of culture.
I'm personally pleased to see sustainability as a theme. There is some sense in putting the environment, housing, sustainable development, rural affairs, heritage and tourism all brought under one Director General. But transport - which contributes a quarter of all our carbon emission - is still separate.
These changes will do nothing in themselves to alter the paradox of one Government department planning to implement overall cuts in Welsh carbon emissions by at least 3% every year from 2011, and another planning a programme of road building which will lock in increases to emissions.
Today's announcement is a welcome step towards better co-ordination, but it is no panacea.