Dear Mr Balls
The DCSF have responded to my FOI request. It turns out that the word 'England' was excised from their mission statement to mirror a statement made by Ed Balls, Secretary of State.
Dear Mr Balls,
The Department for Children, Schools and Families recently changed its mission statement on its website from (my emphasis):
"The purpose of the Department for Children, Schools and Families is to make England the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up."
"The purpose of the Department for Children, Schools and Families is to make this the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up."
The word 'England' was changed to the word 'this' to match the Department's overall purpose set out in the Children's Plan, published in December 2007. In that document the you made clear that 'our aim is to make this the best place in the world for our children and young people to grow up.'
I have a couple of questions: When you say 'this', which territory are you referring to, and; Was it your intention to have the word England airbrushed from the Department's mission statement?
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