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Once More unto the Breach by Andrea Simmons

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CHAPTER 8: MARCH: SLIPPING THROUGH THE NET

The impact of politics

In the time line when the core of this research was experienced, the UK political landscape was changing beyond recognition. In the UK public sector, when an election is forthcoming, there is a period of time referred to as ‘purdah’, the period of time from when an election is announced until after the election is held, now more often referred to as the pre-election period. During this time, there is an immediate hold on spend, no new projects get approved and ultimately money gets clawed back on already funded projects. This renders most employees feeling quite ‘stuck’, unable to progress existing plans, uncertain of their future, depending on the political leaning of their organisation ...

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