Civil Service Commission

Departmental Compliance

This year, the Commission has implemented a new compliance process.  The full details of the process are set out in our Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-18 (PDF, 83 pages, 3.1 MB).

We now assess organisations as good, fair or poor and give each organisation’s forward trajectory (shown as the “trend” in the table).  Documentation was inspected for all the organisations we regulate through a combination of mainly on site and some electronic inspections of records.

The table below sets out the risk ratings given to all the Civil Service departments and agencies for 2017-18 together with breaches identified for those organisations.

Organisation  Rating Trend Breaches identified
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Fair static 1
Animal & Plant Health Agency Good static 0
Cabinet Office Fair improving 3
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Fair static 1
Charity Commission Fair at risk 1
Companies House Fair static 1
Competition and Markets Authority Fair improving 1
Crown Commercial Service Fair static 4
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Fair static 1
Crown Prosecution Service Fair improving 1
Defence Equipment & Support Poor static 7
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Fair at risk 3
Department for Culture Media & Sport Fair static 3
Department for Education Good static 1
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Good static 0
Department for Exiting the European Union Poor improving 6
Department for International Development Fair static 1
Department for International Trade Poor improving 2
Department for Transport Good static 2[1]
Department for Work and Pensions Fair improving 2
Department of Health & Social Care Fair static 1
Department of Health Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Fair static 1
Department of Health: Public Health England Fair improving 0
Estyn – Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales Good static 0
FCO Services Fair improving 1
Food Standards Agency Fair improving 0
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Fair static 0
Forestry Commission Fair at risk 1
Government Actuary Department Good static 0
Government Commercial Function – Cabinet Office Fair static 0
Government Economic Service (Government Economics and Social Research team) Fair static 0
Government Legal Department (formerlynee TSOL) Good static 0
Government Social Research (Government Economics and Social Research team) Fair static 0
Health and Safety Executive Fair static 3
Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Fair static 0
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Good static 1
Her Majesty’s Treasury Fair improving 2
Home Office Poor improving 5[2]
Intellectual Property Office Fair improving 0
Land Registry Fair improving 0
Met Office Fair improving 0
Ministry of Defence Fair improving 3
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Fair improving 2
Ministry of Justice Fair improving 4[3]
National Crime Agency Fair improving 1
National Savings & Investments Fair improving 0
Northern Ireland Office Fair static 2[4]
Office for National Statistics Fair static 1
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) Fair static 1
Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) Fair at risk 1
Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) Fair static 0
Office of Rail & Road Fair improving 0
Planning Inspectorate Fair improving 1
Registers of Scotland Fair improving 1
Rural Payments Agency Fair static 0
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Fair improving 0
Scottish Prison Service Fair improving 3
Serious Fraud Office Poor improving 4
The Insolvency Service Good static 0
The National Archives Fair static 0
The QEII Centre Fair at risk 0
The Scottish Government Fair at risk 1
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate Fair static 0
The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) Fair improving 2
UK Debt Management Office Poor improving 4
UK Export Finance Fair static 1
UK Space Agency Fair static 0
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Fair static 0
Valuation Office Agency Poor improving 1
Welsh Government Good static 1
Wilton Park Executive Agency Fair static 0

[1] One breach was taken into consideration for last year’s risk rating as it was identified very early in 2017-18 but is being reported on here.

[2] One breach was taken into consideration for last year’s risk rating as it was identified very early in 2017-18 but is being reported on here.

[3] 3 breaches related to one cohort

[4] Both breaches related to one cohort


The historical ratings of departments are available. These are ordered alphabetically (PDF, 3 pages – 324 KB) or in order of risk assessment (PDF, 3 pages – 309 KB).

Additionally, there is a more comprehensive list of archived ratings available on our website.