Skills, training and potential

Civil service to pilot specialist degree to train future Whitehall leaders

31 March 2015

Civil Service Policy Profession to trial policy degree for future civil service leaders in a bid to professionalise government policy-making

Sir Jeremy Heywood vows 'relentless' civil service diversity push after trio of critical reports

27 March 2015

Exclusive: Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood sets out revised Talent Action Plan after 'worrying' government-commissioned reports on LGBT, BME and disability representation in the civil service...

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Civil service diversity reports: Whitehall 'falling short' in efforts to nurture BME talent

27 March 2015

Policies intended to ensure that talented Black and Minority Ethnic civil servants are promoted remain “inconsistent, uncoordinated and lacking real driv...

Energy, renewables

'The government machine is failing the environment' - Former Decc adviser Duncan Brack calls for a new Office of Environmental Responsibility

31 March 2015

If we are serious about creating a sustainable future, we must make Whitehall fit for the challenge, says environmental policy analyst and former government adviser Duncan Brack

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Frontline thoughts from a former police call centre worker: 'Targets were a huge burden'

25 March 2015

A former police call centre worker tells Freya Pascall about the pressures – exacerbated by central government – that led to their resignation. Illustration by John Levers

Dave Penman

Dave Penman: Don’t make HMRC staff the politicians’ punchbag

23 March 2015

Amid the furore around HSBC's Swiss operations, FDA general secretary Dave Penman says we should remember that HMRC has had to...

Louise Casey

Speaking truth to power: CSW interviews Troubled Families tsar Louise Casey

24 March 2015

From the homeless and crime victims to the abused children of Rotherham, Louise Casey has spent her career fighting for society’s most vulnerable. Sarah Aston meets her. Photos by Tal Cohen

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Interview: Jim Murphy

5 March 2015

The referendum could yet prove to be the catalyst that changes Scotland, but for some, the change has been more personal

Leadership lessons

27 March 2015

It’s two years since the launch of the Major Projects Leadership Academy, a training school designed to improve the leadership of big public sector schemes. With 100 graduates now under its belt,...

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For better or worse? CSW explores the ins and outs of the Better Care Fund

25 March 2015

After a rocky start, the government’s ambitious plan to integrate health and social care is ready for launch. But is the challenge simply too big? Mark Rowe asks the experts

Ben Goldacre

Being a generalist is great, but institutional memory gets lost: Ben Goldacre on the civil service

13 March 2015

Journalist, doctor and academic Ben Goldacre - author of the acclaimed books Bad Science and Bad Pharma - tells CSW what works and what doesn't in the civil service

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Exhibition review: Magna Carta – Law, Liberty, Legacy

30 March 2015

The British Library’s major new show marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. After a morning spent among scrolls and artifacts – including King John’s back molars – Jacqueline Tenreiro gives...

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Review: Boris Johnson's The Churchill Factor

20 March 2015

The London mayor’s adoring paean to Churchill sometimes reads as an effort to reflect some glory back onto its author, writes John Ashmore