Ministry of Justice London (MoJ)

Prison officer numbers still falling despite MoJ recruitment push

31 August 2016

The Howard League for Penal Reform finds that there were 14,689 frontline officers in prisons in June 2016, down from 15,110 a year earlier

Theresa May

Theresa May's ministers to thrash out Brexit options

31 August 2016

Chequers away-day comes amid reports of tension between some of the key government players on Britain's exit from the European Union

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest civil service & public affairs moves – August 30

30 August 2016

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

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South Africa used "back channels" to challenge UK's apartheid stance – FCO files

26 August 2016

Newly-released Foreign Office papers show that the-then South African prime minister P.W.Botha went through former British intelligence officer to...

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Top US official wanted British record of Thatcher-Reagan meeting – because American notes weren't up to scratch

26 August 2016

Newly-released Foreign Office papers show the US ambassador "did not get a very good read-out" from his own side after a meeting between the American president and the UK prime minister

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP seeks £130,000-a-year data chief

25 August 2016

Successful candidate will have responsibility for leading teams of 500 data scientists, architects, statisticians and engineers

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What’s the civil service doing to nurture black and minority ethnic leaders?

22 August 2016

Whitehall can do more to boost the representation of BAME staff in its top ranks – but, says Angela Seesurrun of Civil Service Resourcing, there are already signs of...

Town hall, devolution

Devolving power from Whitehall should be a big opportunity for charities. So why are they worried?

10 August 2016

The voluntary sector should be well placed to help deliver services in the devolution era. But, as Patrick Murray of charity think tank the New...

Government communications

HMRC's former comms chief Simon MacDowall: Don't obsess about the Westminster Village – citizens want well-run services

5 August 2016

Simon MacDowall, a former communicationss director in three departments, argues that true success lies not in spinning media lines but in putting citizens’ needs first


Ignore the doom-mongers. The Government Digital Service is evolving, not retreating

4 August 2016

The GDS's new leader Kevin Cunnington now has the opportunity to complete the cultural shift from confrontation to collaboration with departments, says digital inclusion specialist Matthew...

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Trust in business is low – but consulting has a special role to play in post-Brexit Britain

3 August 2016

The referendum campaign revealed the gap that has opened up between businesses and their consumers – so it's vital that the ...


The Government Digital Service shake-up is a victory for senior officials at the expense of citizens

2 August 2016

The big leadership changes in government digital seem like a triumph for those who believe a government organised along Victorian lines is still fit for fixing...

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Interview – Paula Sussex, Charity Commission CEO: “We’re looking long and hard at quality and performance"

22 August 2016

Two years into her tenure at the Charity Commission, chief executive Paula Sussex says her organisation is making substantial strides towards turning around some...

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Nick Raynsford interview – "My advice to new ministers? Be serious about the job"

19 August 2016

In eight years as a Labour minister and 22 as an MP, Nick Raynsford learned a thing or two about what works in government. He sits down with CSW’s Matt Foster to talk about his...

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Interview: Sir Peter Housden, former Scottish government permanent secretary: "People tire of gladiatorial ministers"

11 August 2016

Sir Peter Housden served as Scotland's top official for five years, stepping down from the civil service last year after more than a decade at the helm of big government organisations. Here, he...

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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