Machinery of Government changes: guidance

This guide provides an overview of the process for how to plan and carry out a Machinery of Government change.


Machinery of Government: guidance

Machinery of Government changes following the general election 2010: explanatory document

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This guidance is intended for those leading Machinery of Government (MoG) changes. It sets out the things that should be considered before and during a MoG change, some key principles and key contacts for further information.