Departmental Compliance


In 2017-18, we implemented a new approach to compliance. We have continued to build on this approach over the past years. The Commission Secretariat inspected documentation in person at compliance visits in 2019-20 until the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions meant that this was not possible for our final visits and these were undertaken electronically. Having undertaken electronic audits in previous years meant we understood the different dynamics associated with this approach and so were able to ensure consistency across all our audits, however conducted. Further details on this and on this year's approach to compliance can be found in our Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20.

   
At the end of the year, we assess organisations as either Good, Fair, or Poor, and give each organisation a forward trajectory. The table below sets out the risk ratings given to all the Civil Service departments and agencies for 2019-20, together with breaches identified for those organisations. 

We have also published an FAQs document (PDF, 10 pages, 149KB) for departments, which provides guidance on various recruitment issues we have identified throughout the year.



Organisation Rating Trajectory Breaches
   
Advisory, Conciliation   and Arbitration Service   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Animal and Plant   Health Agency   
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Cabinet Office   
   
Poor    
   
Static   
   
10   
   
Centre for   Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Charity Commission   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
0   
   
Companies House   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
1   
   
Competition and   Markets Authority    
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Crown Commercial   Service    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Crown Office and   Procurator Fiscal Service    
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
0   
   
Crown Prosecution   Service   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
2   
   
Defence Equipment   & Support   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Department for   Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy   
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Department for   Digital, Culture, Media & Sport   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Department for   Education   
   
Good    
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Department for   Environment, Food & Rural Affairs    
   
Poor   
   
Likely to improve   
   
2   
   
Department for   Exiting the European Union (until 31 January 2020)   
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Department for   International Development    
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
2   
   
Department for   International Trade   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
2   
   
Department for   Transport   
   
Poor    
   
Likely to improve   
   
2   
   
Department for Work   and Pensions   
   
Good    
   
Static   
   
3   
   
Department of   Health & Social Care   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
4   
   
Estyn - Her   Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales    
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
FCO Services   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Food Standards Agency    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Foreign and   Commonwealth Office   
   
Fair    
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Forestry   Commission    
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
2   
   
Government   Actuary's Department   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
2   
   
Government   Commercial Function    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Government Economic   Service   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Government   Legal 
   
Department   
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Government Social   Research   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Health and Safety   Executive   
   
Fair    
   
At risk    
   
   
   
Her Majesty's   Revenue and Customs   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
8   
   
Her Majesty's   Treasury    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
5   
   
Home Office   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
8   
   
Institute for   Apprenticeships and Technical Education   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
1   
   
Intellectual   Property Office   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
2   
   
Land Registry   
   
Good   
   
At risk   
   
0   
   
Medicines and   Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
3   
   
Met Office   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
3   
   
Ministry of Defence   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
2   
   
Ministry of   Housing, Communities & Local Government   
   
Good    
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Ministry of Justice   
   
Poor    
   
Likely to improve   
   
5*   
   
National Crime   Agency   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
National Savings   & Investments   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Northern Ireland   Office   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Office for   Standards in Education (Ofsted)   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Office of Gas and   Electricity Markets (Ofgem)    
   
Fair    
   
At risk   
   
1   
   
Office for National   Statistics   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Office of   Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
1   
   
Office of Rail   & Road   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Planning   Inspectorate   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
2   
   
Public Health   England   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
4   
   
Registers of   Scotland   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Rural Payments   Agency   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
0   
   
Scottish Courts and   Tribunals Service   
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
1   
   
Scottish Prison   Service   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Serious Fraud   Office   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
2   
   
The Insolvency   Service   
   
Fair    
   
Likely to improve   
   
0   
   
The National   Archives    
   
Fair   
   
Likely to improve   
   
0   
   
The QEII Centre   
   
Poor    
   
Static   
   
1   
   
The Scottish   Government    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
3   
   
The Veterinary   Medicines Directorate   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
The Water Services   Regulation Authority (Ofwat)   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
4   
   
UK Debt Management   Office   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
2   
   
UK Export   Finance    
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
UK Hydrographic   Office   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
0   
   
UK Space Agency   
   
Fair   
   
Static   
   
1   
   
Valuation Office   Agency    
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
1   
   
Welsh   Government    
   
Good   
   
Static   
   
2   
   
Welsh Revenue   Authority    
   
Good    
   
Static   
   
0   
   
Wilton Park   Executive Agency   
   
Fair   
   
At risk   
   
4   

[*] Ministry of Justice: One breach was a Civil Service Code breach.


Last year’s rating and trajectory table can be found by clicking here (PDF, 4 pages, 2MB).  
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