Property, housing, Land Registry

Land Registry privatisation: Tory committee chair Bernard Jenkin warns against sale for a "quick profit"

28 July 2016

The Land Registry "must remain an essential arm of the state", says Conservative committee chair Bernard Jenkin, amid doubts over whether the government's privatisation plans will go ahead

Lord Maude

Francis Maude: civil servants thought Government Digital Service were "weird hippies"

27 July 2016

Former minister for the Cabinet Office also tells the Centre for Public Impact that he regrets not doing more to iron out civil servants' frustrations with technology

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HMRC's Ruth Owen: job cuts won't lead to fresh customer service "collapse"

27 July 2016

HMRC's customer service director general says she is "confident that what the Public Accounts Committee are suggesting won't happen"


Public services watchdog urges clearer response to complaints in new charter

26 July 2016

New service charter sets out what the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman expects from departments and NHS trusts

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Public service failures need system-wide response – Institute for Government

26 July 2016

Think tank calls for stronger sector-wide systems to support and learn from failing organisations

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Civil service whistleblowing: despite positive steps, there's a way to go to ensure officials feel able to speak out

28 July 2016

While steps to improve data on whistleblowing are welcome, civil servants need more reassurance that they won't be penalised for challenging wrongdoing, says Tom Casey of the independent...

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There are still too few women at the top of Whitehall – here's what the Home Office is doing to change that

20 July 2016

Jo Hopkins, chair of the Home Office women’s network and senior sponsor of the Gender Equality Network, welcomes the steps being taken to encourage women from...

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

Manj Kalar: The civil service's finance professionals must rise to the Brexit challenge

20 July 2016

Economic uncertainty in the wake of the Brexit vote will mean taking a fresh look at public spending – but...

Home secretary Theresa May

Could Theresa May's appointment prompt a rethink of how Whitehall does national security?

19 July 2016

Theresa May arrives at Number 10 with years of experience on the government's key decision-making body on security....

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Sir Leigh Lewis: Is it time to overhaul the civil service grade system?

19 July 2016

In the first of his occasional opinion pieces on issues that matter to officials, former permanent secretary Sir Leigh Lewis takes aim at the  civil service...

Zara Farrar, women's group GDS

"Sexism was rife in some teams" – how the Government Digital Service tackled its "boys' club" image

11 July 2016

Not long ago, the team overseeing digital transformation in Whitehall was in need of some significant changes itself. Zara Farrar, leader of the Government Digital Service’s women’s group, tells...

Sir Michael Wilshaw photographed for The House by Paul Heartfield

Michael Wilshaw interview: Ofsted's outgoing chief on the “gaping hole in our education system” and what Gove would be like as PM

7 July 2016

As Sir Michael Wilshaw approaches the end of his tenure as head of education inspectorate Ofsted, he looks back on his time in post and vents his concerns about a worrying lack of leadership in...

Tom Scholar

The Treasury's new permanent secretary starts today. So who is Tom Scholar?

4 July 2016

HM Treasury’s new permanent secretary Tom Scholar arrives in post via a somewhat different route to long-serving predecessor Sir Nick Macpherson. Colin Marrs takes a look at his career to date and...

The Mentor Match team

Can the new Mentor Match scheme challenge civil service mentoring's “who you know” culture?

17 June 2016

Drawn up by four civil servants in their spare time, the new digital Mentor Match service has won the backing of some of Whitehall’s top figures. Here the scheme’s founders explain how they did it...

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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