Bronwyn Hill to step down as Defra permanent secretary

2 July 2015

Cabinet Office announces that Hill – Defra's perm sec since 2011 – will be succeeded by the DfT's Clare Moriarty

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Survey: civil servants admit failure to maximise data

1 July 2015

New research shows Whitehall's use of data to improve customer experience lags behind private sector



Cabinet Office must drive improvements in use of open-book accounting, says NAO

1 July 2015

Report by the National Audit Office says centre of government must do more to ensure departments make better use of information about outsourced public services, including standardising data and...


Sue Owen named as new civil service diversity champion

30 June 2015

DCMS permanent secretary Sue Owen will succeed Simon Fraser in role coordinating Whitehall's efforts to boost diversity, while the MoD's Jon Thompson handed remit to encourage people from lower-...

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Spending watchdog paints mixed picture of Pupil Premium impact

30 June 2015

National Audit Office report says Department for Education's Pupil Premium has used "clear formula to achieve a specific purpose", but says...

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Still a way to go on digital-by-default, says GDS boss Mike Bracken

29 June 2015

Government Digital Service chief Mike Bracken says government still on a "journey" in encouraging citizens to opt for online transactions with the state

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Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders under fire following Lord Janner u-turn

29 June 2015

Labour MP Simon Danczuk calls for DPP to step aside as Right to Review scheme orders "trial of facts" over Lord Janner abuse claims

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Army Reserve recruitment drive given "Red" rating by major projects watchdog

25 June 2015

Future Reserves 2020 moves from "Amber/Red" to "Red" rating in Major Projects Authority's latest assessment, but Ministry of Defence says scheme "on...

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Daniel Thornton: If the government wants to get big projects right, it needs to become agile by default

29 June 2015

A rigid, inflexible approach to project management is still embedded in Whitehall's culture – and government must be more willing to learn from failure

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Peter Riddell: Major changes will be needed if Whitehall cuts are to be sustainable

23 June 2015

Making the case for the necessity of further cutbacks is much harder in 2015 than in 2010, says the Institute for Government's director


Ten years of the Civil Service Awards: a judge’s eye view

22 June 2015

Ahead of tonight’s ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Civil Service Awards, Björn Conway of EY shares his experience of being a judge, and why he believes it's important to celebrate...

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Adrian Brown: Moving beyond open data

17 June 2015

Matt Hancock wants real-time data to underpin future spending decisions across governments. He's quite right, says Adrian Brown, but taking a...

Dave Penman: Why the government's got it wrong on "golden goodbyes"

15 June 2015

Plans to cap “six figure” exit payments for public sector workers could have damaging consequences for trust and workforce management

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Dr Hannah White: Why civil servants should engage more with parliament

12 June 2015

Some departments take a deeply defensive attitude towards parliament, but developing a closer relationship with the Palace of Westminster could benefit civil servants in a number of ways, argues...

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The art of diplomacy: Simon Fraser interview

24 June 2015

Between advising the foreign secretary on crucial policy matters and overseeing a network of 13,600 staff – 9,000 of whom are overseas – arch-diplomat Sir Simon Fraser has been busy championing...

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The Francis Maude interview: "Buy-in is great, but the civil service doesn’t have a veto on its own reform"

30 April 2015

As Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude has overseen the biggest shake-up of the civil service in living memory – and earned a reputation as ‘a man trying to fight everyone in the pub at the...

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Ready to govern? Lord Falconer on Labour's plans for the civil service

27 April 2015

Lord Falconer is the man entrusted by Ed Miliband with preparing Labour for government. Here he speaks to Matt Foster about the party’s plans for Whitehall, and why he thinks the coalition has got...

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Seven things every government press officer knows are true

26 June 2015

Fretting about tomorrow’s front pages, dealing with Downing Street, and letting the policy team down gently – former press officer ...

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An in-depth look at the National Cyber Security Programme

17 June 2015

Does the government’s National Cyber Security Programme have what it takes to face up to a threat that keeps on evolving? Tim Gibson examines this ambitious major project

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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

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Film: Kingsman: The Secret Service

23 February 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service is neither thrilling nor particularly funny...