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Unprotected departments face cuts of 27%, says the IFS

2 October 2015

Institute for Fiscal Studies gives its assessment ahead of the Spending Review – and warns easier efficiency savings have already been "identified and delivered"

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HMRC staff to be briefed on future of offices as taxman aims to shrink estate

30 September 2015

Exclusive: HMRC staff to find out about new network of more specialised regional centres in November as tax authority seeks cut in its number of...

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Bob Kerslake to carry out Treasury review for Labour

28 September 2015

Former head of the civil service asked by Labour to "review the operation of the Treasury itself" – as shadow chancellor John McDonnell signals major shift...

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Civil Service Awards 2015: shortlist unveiled

28 September 2015

Find out which civil servants and departmental teams are in the running for an award

Energy & environment

James Cross: Bold changes at Natural England will help us focus on outcomes, not process

9 October 2015

Natural England's chief executive James Cross reflects on his first year in the job – and says the agency's reforms show environmental protection doesn...

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Jane Dudman: Today’s Fast Stream recruits will help shape a very different civil service

30 September 2015

Officials at the sharp end of cuts could be forgiven for feeling cynical about the future of Whitehall – but public service values will endure

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Spot the difference: How I made the leap from Whitehall HR director to high commissioner

29 September 2015

Menna Rawlings went from being HR director in a government department to serving as the UK's high commissioner in Australia – not the most...

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Want to avoid a major project fiasco? Learn from others’ mistakes

21 September 2015

Louise Hart, author of Procuring Successful Mega-Projects and a former project director for the establishment of major transport infrastructure contracts in Sydney and London, explains...


Dave Penman: A more diverse civil service means casting the net wider – and backing existing talent

21 September 2015

The chief of the FDA union warns that Whitehall will miss out on a significant talent pool if under-represented groups do not believe a leadership role in...

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Peter Riddell: A fragmented Labour party could spell trouble for Whitehall

14 September 2015

Opinion: Without many of the usual checks and balances, policies – especially those approved by the Treasury...

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The road less travelled: DVLA's Oliver Morley and Iain Patterson on the driver agency's move to bring IT back in-house

1 October 2015

What’s the opposite of outsourcing? Insourcing, of course – and the DVLA has just given it a go. As the driver agency moves more than 300 IT staff in-house, Matt Foster caught up with chief...

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Dame Sally Davies interview: the chief medical officer on e-cigarettes, antibiotic resistance – and stepping out of the comfort zone

28 September 2015

As the government’s most senior medical adviser, it’s Dame Sally Davies’ job to stand up for hard evidence and grapple with some of the country’s biggest health challenges. Matt Foster meets her...

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Una O'Brien interview: the Department of Health permanent secretary on NHS finances, pay, and public health

22 September 2015

Una O’Brien feels proud of what she’s achieved in five tough years as the Department of Health’s top civil servant. But what does being permanent secretary at DH mean in 2015, and how is O’Brien...

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"A feeble minister blames the civil service for not delivering his policies" - William Waldegrave interviewed by Peter Hennessy

5 August 2015

A connoisseur of the Whitehall machine and an expert on the British prime ministers he has known, William Waldegrave has had a remarkable political career. Peter Hennessy meets him

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Mapping the future: CEO Nigel Clifford on the next steps for Ordnance Survey

4 August 2015

Ordnance Survey is learning to navigate a new digital landscape. But that doesn’t mean paper maps are folding for good, new CEO Nigel Clifford tells Colin Marrs

New to political power? Here are 7 key tips for survival

New to political power? Here are 7 key tips for survival

7 October 2015

There's no doubting how frantic and all-consuming Jeremy Corbyn will have found his first few weeks as Labour leader – and his situation is far from unique. Here, former private secretary Dunstan...

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Doctors and purses: lifting the lid on the relationship between the Treasury and the Department of Health

23 September 2015

With life and death in the balance, does the Department of Health have the Treasury over a barrel when it comes to spending negotiations? Sally Gainsbury takes the temperature of the debate

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How civil servants are helping retired officials to beat loneliness

1 September 2015

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship’s befriending schemes have struck a chord with many officials who are lending a hand to help combat isolation in later life. CSRF deputy chief executive...

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Review: New book from former Whitehall speechwriter Simon Lancaster explores the language of leadership

19 August 2015

Images of journeys, food and friends work wonders in speeches – but phrases like “accelerating reform” are a definite turn-off. Oliver Rowe reviews Simon Lancaster’s Winning Minds: Secrets...


"Claustrophobic and marvellously inventive" – 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre

6 August 2015

Theatre review: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's retelling of George Orwell's classic makes for a superbly nervy viewing experience

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(Un)civil service: Channel 4’s new Whitehall comedy reviewed

1 July 2015

Channel 4’s new comedy pokes fun at Whitehall, but it’s more Skins than The Thick of It, says Sarah Aston