Centre Forward - Effective Support for the Prime Minister at the Centre of Government

15 January 2016

The aim of this report is two-fold: first, to understand how Number 10 – and the parts of the Cabinet Office that directly serve the prime minister – have evolved over the past three decades. At the moment that knowledge is possessed by a few individuals but not widely available or shared. The second is to outline the elements of a core offer that the Civil Service should make to any prime minister to help them to shape to their style and priorities. We see these as building blocks of an effective centre rather than a blueprint. The combination of building blocks will depend on the personality, needs and priorities of whoever is in Number 10.