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Topic Title: Re: Competences Required of DECC Private Secretaries
Topic Summary: (that is on the topic of DECC Private Secretaries involved with Electricity Market Reform)
Created On: 05 November 2013 12:51 PM
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 05 November 2013 12:51 PM
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jarathoon

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Further investigation of the competences of DECC employees to deliver what they say they want to deliver in the Energy Bill and the reams of supporting regulations (secondary legislation) and documentation.


Dear XXXXX,

I am writing to enquire about the minimum qualifications required for the job Private Secretary - Ref:XXXXXXX. Currently advertised at DECC.

In the job advert on the civil service website there are no grade entry qualifications listed.
Is this actually the case? Or are their minimum standards of English and Mathematics required for this job?

There are four competences listed for the Private Secretary Jobs Advertised by DECC:

"
Competence 1 Making Effective Decisions
Competence 2 Leading and Communicating
Competence 3 Delivering at Pace
Competence 4 Seeing the Big Picture
"

Although I have competences, 1,2 and 4 (especially 4), I only am able to meet competence 3 when the framework and design for delivery is a consistent, cost-effective and a sensible one in free market economic terms.

Am I able to apply for the Private Secretary job, if I believe that the current policy being followed by DECC is a absolute disaster for this country, hasn't been thought through properly and that required the Energy Bill currently going through parliament needs abandoned and completely rewritten?

In terms of looking to the big picture, I believe and can make simple economic calculations (involving mathematics and engineering skills, unfortunately beyond the minimum requirements for the Private Secretary Job) to show that increasing the price of electricity independently from gas, will simply encourage people to buy products which allow them to generate cheaper electricity off grid; e.g. using a 5kW natural gas driven electrical generator.

This natural tendency for people always to look for ways of reducing their total energy bills to a minimum, (what human nature and free market economics is all about after all), will in turn (I predict) lead to the complete collapse of the UK's current energy policy within a time period not longer than 10 years (i.e. within the time it takes to build a third generation nuclear electricity generating power station).

I would definitely be willing to carry out the role in accordance with the Civil Service Code and its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality. Honesty is one of my key attributes.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I have cc's my MP Charles Walker and also the Select Committee for Energy and Climate Change, as the issue of whether or not the competences of the people employed at DECC are relevant to the task at hand has been a long standing issue for me (and for many other people I know).


Yours sincerely,

James Arathoon MIET


cc'd to my MP and the Parliametary Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change

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 05 November 2013 02:47 PM
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jarathoon

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The civil service need to recognise that there is a political and intellectual war going on over the future of the UK's energy policy. They need to find a way of intelligently and carefully drawing back from the political front lines, and from no-mans land, so that they are in a much better position to provide trusted impartial information to the people on all sides of the debate who want to fight these political battles for real.

They don't want to get heavily engaged in running a rotten energy policy which is destined to fail within a few years at most. They should not try to pretend to be engineers and industrialists, when they do not have the necesssary skills or experience or flexibility of mind to carry out this work.

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 12 November 2013 08:48 AM
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jcm256

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Did you get any word back yet from your letter?.


http://www.businessgreen.com/b...aft-uks-energy-policy

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 12 November 2013 10:24 AM
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jarathoon

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Originally posted by: jcm256

Did you get any word back yet from your letter?.





http://www.businessgreen.com/b...s-energy-policy



Regards

jcm


Sorry I forgot to post DECC's reply....It doesn't say anything about having to have a vested interest in order to work at DECC.....

"Dear James,

Thank you for your email.

DECC operates, in line with other Civil Service departments, a competency based recruitment process and only requires specific qualifications where there is a requirement for the role. Therefore, the minimum requirements for the role are set out in the competencies detailed in the advertisement.

Applicants are able to apply if they meet the eligibility criteria and feel they are able to demonstrate the competencies required for the role.

I hope this is helpful, but if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks,"


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James Arathoon
 12 November 2013 10:26 AM
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jarathoon

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My Reply to this email was....

Dear XXXXXX,

Thank you for replying so quickly.

Given the information contained in your reply my advice to the permanent secretary as a private secretary would be this:

The civil service need to recognise and admit that there is much wider political and intellectual war going on over the future of the UK's energy policy, and who will eventually win this war politically is not yet clearly established (socialist inclined thinkers or free market inclined thinkers). The only thing clearly established in my mind is the current DECC policy frameworks are a loser; a terrible mixture of crony and welfare capitalism that no one really wants.

As a consequence of this the civil service need to find a way of intelligently and carefully drawing back from the political front lines, and from no-mans land (between socialism and free market capitalism), so that they are in a much better position to provide trusted impartial information to the people on all sides of the debate who want to fight the political battles over our future energy policy in an open and transparent fashion.

The civil servants at DECC should avoid getting themselves heavily engaged in running and administering a rotten and partisan energy policy designed to maintain the large incumbent players on life support while the world changes around them and leaves them behind.

To maintain its integrity, political impartiality and reputation for competence, the civil service should not try to pretend to be integration engineers, or industrialists, when they do not on the whole they do not employ people with the necessary skills or experience or flexibility of mind to carry out these types of roles.

I would definitely welcome a small amount of resources being assigned to investigating other more sustainable long term energy policy frameworks that based themselves knowledge of engineering realities and free market economics, in advance of a high level political demand to do this.

If a policy phoenix is to successfully rise from the fire, some systematic preparatory thought and analyses will be needed.


Best Regards,

James Arathoon MIET



I know faint hope...

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