The Legislation Process: From policy development to an act

“Excellent course, very informative about the bill process, the importance of committees and the extra elements of parliament.”

Intergovernmental Relations Advisor, Scottish Parliament

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Turning a policy into legislation takes many stakeholders to work effectively together.  Getting agreement for policies in Whitehall can be difficult, but getting an agreement in the Commons and Lords can be even harder. 

This training course will illustrate, through case studies and examples, how policy is worked through into draft legislation, and the key stages that take place both in Whitehall and Parliament.   

Part of our Law and Legal Awareness series, The Legislation Process: From Policy Development to an Act is an introductory course for those who want to know a bit more about the how policy is worked through into legislation. At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Key features of the course include:

  • How a policymaker turns policy into legislation
  • What needs to happen before a Bill reaches Parliament to ensure it is passed quickly
  • An overview of the legislative process and its key players
  • Understanding legislation and the different types of legislation

Designed for:

Delegates who want to know more about the policy and Bill process and parliamentary procedures.  

Learning outcomes:

Delegates will leave with a comprehensive understanding of what the legislation processes involves, enabling them to work effectively with other key players.


Face to Face

Virtual Training
option available


10:00 - 16:00


£595 + VAT


Westminster, London


4 March 2021 Book8

22 July 2021 Book8

Lead Trainer

Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo Clift has 20 years of experience working at a senior level in the UK Government including the Cabinet Office. She currently helps organisations work with Government and Parliament.

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Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo started her career as a communications professional and subsequently worked at the heart of government for over 20 years, mainly at the Cabinet Office. She has worked closely with many ministers over the years, including Lord Peter Mandelson and Sir Oliver Letwin. She also worked at Number 10 in the Prime Minister's Press Office.

She has delivered a wide range of policies and advised on multiple complex communications issues. Jo has also worked across a wide range of issues including strategy, Ministerial PR and high-level Board appointments, with the common challenge being making things happen across very large and complex organisations.

Jo Clift's government roles have included leading the Coalition government's ICT strategy, Head of Communications for the BSE Inquiry and creating a new model for corporate shared services across Whitehall. Jo also gained private sector experience as a senior change consultant at Deloitte Consulting. This enabled her to gain a great set of change skills and valuable insight into the private sector.

In addition, she is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a published writer on the Civil Service and Brexit.

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