The impact of politics

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

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