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Voting is now open

22 July 2014

In the first of a series of articles examining digital services, Tim Gibson explains online voter registration – a new IT system lying at the very heart of our democracy.

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Collective responsibilities

18 July 2014

Top New Zealand official Iain Rennie is reforming a system often lauded in the UK. Suzannah Brecknell reports

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Interview: John Pullinger

21 July 2014

John Pullinger has this month started his new job as the UK’s new national statistician. He tells Winnie Agbonlahor about his priorities in the role.

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Interview: Jil Matheson

18 June 2014

During her 30-year civil service career, national statistician Jil Matheson has seen a lot of change. The UK Statistics Authority chief discusses the ever-evolving roles of data-crunchers with...

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Interview: Ngaire Woods, Blavatnik School of Government

4 June 2014

The head of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government is a fan of the British civil service – but it’s being battered by some heavyweight global forces, she says, and must learn a new...

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Round table: Data shared, problem halved

28 July 2014

How can civil servants unlock the value of government data? Stuart Watson reports from a debate on the benefits and challenges of data sharing. Photos by Paul Heartfield

David Nicholson on pursuing NHS reforms

25 July 2014

Sir David Nicholson was appointed chief executive of the NHS in 2006. He retained his position after the coalition came to power and pursued a set of reforms so big, he said, that you...

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Feature: The Evidence

24 July 2014

‘Big data’ has huge potential – but it’s stoking public concerns over privacy. Ipsos MORI’s Gideon Skinner and Anne Charlton explain the latest research.

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Travel: Budapest, Hungary

6 June 2014

When you don’t have the time to go on long holidays, planning the perfect weekend get-away becomes of crucial importance: the ideal spot should be far away, but easy to reach; warm, but not too...

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Restaurant: Olivelli

25 May 2014

It’s nice to have a regular restaurant; one in which a meal is both a special occasion, and a deeply comfortable experience. And in recent years, with a few old friends I’ve found just such a...

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Restaurant: Bibimbap

29 April 2014

If drinks on a Friday night should ever take you to the West End, I would heartily recommend paying a visit to Bibimbap: a Korean restaurant in the heart of Soho’s hustle and bustle. One...