Government Digital Service sets out new rules for departments' IT projects

24 August 2016

Revised Technology Code of Practice sets out criteria by which all big government technology projects will be judged

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Diplomats asked to dig up info on Geoffrey Howe's dinner guests, FCO papers reveal

24 August 2016

Then-foreign secretary and his wife asked officials to gather "as many details as possible" about the wives and family lives of foreign ministers, new...


Thatcher kept FCO officials in the dark over Reagan security briefing, new files show

24 August 2016

Newly-released papers show how Number 10 kept the Foreign Office out of the loop over a US briefing on the controversial Strategic Defence Initiative

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FCO files reveal British officials were ordered to thwart Yasser Arafat visit

24 August 2016

Newly-released papers show how officials set out to frustrate planned visit by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation leader

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Ofsted chair quits after Isle of Wight "ghetto" row

23 August 2016

David Hoare steps down after saying the Isle of Wight suffered from a "mass" of crime, drug and unemployment problems


New GOV.UK Verify chief sets out stall after departure of Janet Hughes

23 August 2016

Interim director Jess McEvoy sets out next steps for flagship user verification service – as analysts downplay HMRC's move to develop its own ID system

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What’s the civil service doing to nurture black and minority ethnic leaders?

22 August 2016

Whitehall can do more to boost the representation of BAME staff in its top ranks – but, says Angela Seesurrun of Civil Service Resourcing, there are already signs of...

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Devolving power from Whitehall should be a big opportunity for charities. So why are they worried?

10 August 2016

The voluntary sector should be well placed to help deliver services in the devolution era. But, as Patrick Murray of charity think tank the New...

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HMRC's former comms chief Simon MacDowall: Don't obsess about the Westminster Village – citizens want well-run services

5 August 2016

Simon MacDowall, a former communicationss director in three departments, argues that true success lies not in spinning media lines but in putting citizens’ needs first


Ignore the doom-mongers. The Government Digital Service is evolving, not retreating

4 August 2016

The GDS's new leader Kevin Cunnington now has the opportunity to complete the cultural shift from confrontation to collaboration with departments, says digital inclusion specialist Matthew...

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Trust in business is low – but consulting has a special role to play in post-Brexit Britain

3 August 2016

The referendum campaign revealed the gap that has opened up between businesses and their consumers – so it's vital that the ...


The Government Digital Service shake-up is a victory for senior officials at the expense of citizens

2 August 2016

The big leadership changes in government digital seem like a triumph for those who believe a government organised along Victorian lines is still fit for fixing...

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Interview – Paula Sussex, Charity Commission CEO: “We’re looking long and hard at quality and performance"

22 August 2016

Two years into her tenure at the Charity Commission, chief executive Paula Sussex says her organisation is making substantial strides towards turning around some...

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Nick Raynsford interview – "My advice to new ministers? Be serious about the job"

19 August 2016

In eight years as a Labour minister and 22 as an MP, Nick Raynsford learned a thing or two about what works in government. He sits down with CSW’s Matt Foster to talk about his...

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Interview: Sir Peter Housden, former Scottish government permanent secretary: "People tire of gladiatorial ministers"

11 August 2016

Sir Peter Housden served as Scotland's top official for five years, stepping down from the civil service last year after more than a decade at the helm of big government organisations. Here, he...

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A mandarin’s manual? Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis reviews "How to be a Civil Servant"

16 May 2016

Former Department for Work and Pensions permanent secretary Leigh Lewis finds that Martin Stanley’s new book How to be a Civil Servant offers a valuable guide, but not quite the whole picture