A Brilliant Civil Service: vision statement

This statement sets out the vision for the Civil Service and the priority areas for action to deliver it.

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Our ambition is to be ‘A Brilliant Civil Service’ that helps to keep the United Kingdom prosperous and secure, supporting the governments we serve in implementing their commitments and delivering high quality services for the public.

This document provides further information on the vision to be ‘A Brilliant Civil Service’ and its supporting components. Underpinned by our Civil Service values of integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity, the vision is supported by 4 thematic pillars:

  • improved outcomes
  • effective leaders
  • skilled people
  • a great place to work.
Published 14 October 2016
Last updated 2 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated links in the bulleted list under Vision section

  2. The vision statement has been updated to provide more explanatory detail.

  3. First published.