Compensation Scheme: Minister holds firm after PCS vote – but MP warns changes will "destroy morale"

5 December 2016

PCS vote "does not change the fact" that redundancy overhaul "was accepted by the large majority of unions", says minister Michael Ellis, as SNP and Labour MPs blast government handling of the...

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Latest civil service & public affairs moves — December 5

5 December 2016

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues on Dods People

Information watchdog hires diplomat as deputy data chief

5 December 2016

Former High Commissioner to Malta Rob Luke to take on policy role with the Information Commissioner's Office

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Brexit: Supreme Court to hear landmark Article 50 case

5 December 2016

Proceedings set to last for four days, with a ruling due in the new year

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Sir Jeremy Heywood vows crackdown on civil service leaks, as union urges same rules for ministers

5 December 2016

"Anyone found to have leaked sensitive information will be dismissed even where there is no compromise of national security," Heywood tells departmental chiefs

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HMRC: MPs voice fears over digital shift against backdrop of staff cuts

2 December 2016

Agency “has no contingency plan” for lower-than-predicted uptake of digital tax plans, Public Accounts Committee warns

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HM Revenue & Customs gets new drubbing over Concentrix failures

1 December 2016

MPs call on government to commission independent review into tax-credit compliance processes

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What's it really like being cabinet secretary? Six men who've done the job spill the beans

1 December 2016

From "trusted adviser" to "shock absorber", the cabinet secretary has a job description like no other. Matt Foster listened in as Sir Jeremy Heywood and his five predecessors reflected on 100...

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Churn at the top of the civil service rewards managers, not leaders

14 November 2016

Short stints in top jobs make firefighting a more rational career plan than pushing for systemic changes – and may make it harder for outsiders to break in

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Why Theresa May's ministers must not forget about digital government

31 October 2016

With the new government focused on Brexit, Theresa May and Philip Hammond have not voiced their support for making government digital – but the potential for savings is huge

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What I learned when I made the leap from Whitehall to Westminster

25 October 2016

Steve O'Neil went from being a civil servant in the Department for Education to helping the Liberal Democrats draw up their 2015 manifesto as the party's deputy head of policy. He tells...

Watch: PACAC chair Bernard Jenkin on why we need a civil service inquiry

20 October 2016

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin explains why his committee has launched a new inquiry into the work of the civil service....

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Sue Cameron: It’s early days, but this Brexit lark’s already a goldmine for satirists

17 October 2016

The spirit of Yes, Minister lives on in the UK's bid to disentangle itself from the European Union, writes Sue Cameron

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Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis on the problem with winter fuel payments

12 October 2016

During my many years inside government I met ministers from all parties who, privately, agreed that universal Winter Fuel Payments were a costly and untargeted indulgence which we could...

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Infrastructure and Projects Authority chief exec Tony Meggs: "2017 will require ruthless prioritisation"

6 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Philip Rutnam,...

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Rowena Collins Rice, DG at the Attorney General's Office, looks ahead to the new year

6 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Rowena Collins Rice...

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Government comms chief Alex Aiken reviews 2016 and looks ahead to the new year

2 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Government...

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Interview: Ian Watmore – the new first civil service commissioner sets out his stall on leadership, diversity and reform

28 November 2016

After three years away from Whitehall, Ian Watmore is back — this time as head of the organisation upholding the very values of the civil service. The new first civil service commissioner sits...

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Bronwen Maddox interview: meet the Institute for Government's new director

10 November 2016

After a career in journalism spanning the Financial Times, The Times and Prospect, Bronwen Maddox has taken the helm of the Institute for Government. She tells Jess Bowie about her vision for the...

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What's the secret behind effective policymaking?

7 November 2016

A new resource from the Centre for Public Impact rates the effectiveness of policy initiatives from around the world. Mark Smulian reports

Social Mobility

Civil service social mobility: meet the people trying to smash Whitehall's "class ceiling"

11 October 2016

As the civil service tries to put meat on the bones of its social mobility strategy, Matt Foster meets the people trying to make the organisation more welcoming to staff from working...

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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