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Boris Johnson's former deputy Ed Lister is new Homes and Communities Agency chair

23 June 2016

Key aide to Boris Johnson has the “experience and leadership” to ensure the government’s housing targets are met, says communities secretary Greg Clark


Female spies on the rise as intelligence services look to boost diversity

23 June 2016

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ make strong progress on female hires, after a report by MPs warned all three intelligence services suffered from a "male mentality"

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EU Referendum: Britain heads to the polls for historic vote

23 June 2016

Polls show result still too close to call, as voters make historic decision on whether Britain leaves the European Union

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Procurement chief Gareth Rhys Williams sheds light on major shake-up of civil service commercial

22 June 2016

New Government Commercial Organisation – which will centrally employ hundreds of the civil service's top commercial staff – "works in addition to the...

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Former Home Office director Mary Calam takes up new job with McKinsey

22 June 2016

Watchdog ACOBA approves new job for Mary Calam, provided she does not use any “privileged information” from her time in the civil service

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David Cameron slammed for making Downing Street EU statement during purdah

21 June 2016

Bernard Jenkin tells CSW that hastily-arranged statement outside Downing Street goes against the spirit of rules designed to stop the use of official resources during the EU referendum...

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New Government Commercial Organisation to employ "hundreds" of senior commercial staff on better pay and terms

21 June 2016

Exclusive: Documents seen by CSW confirm that commercial staff are set to get higher base pay and work directly for the centre of government – if they're deemed up to the job....

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Universal Credit chief Neil Couling: Major welfare reform was always going to be a challenge. Here's what I've learned

17 May 2016

Writing exclusively for CSW, Neil Couling – director general of the Department for Work and Pensions' Universal Credit programme – says strong political backing, a "test and learn" approach to...

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Latest moves in the civil service & public affairs – May 6

6 May 2016

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


Transforming Rehabilitation: The MoJ's probation shake-up must not treat charities as "bid candy"

3 May 2016

Experienced rehabilitation charities say they have been left disadvantaged by the bidding process for the Ministry of Justice's probation overhaul

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John Manzoni interview: "Guiding people through change always takes longer than you think; it’s always harder than you think"

25 February 2016

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni talks to Suzannah Brecknell about leadership, transforming government and building relationships with the private...

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How can civil servants collaborate on policy design to improve outcomes?

27 May 2016

In an era of protracted belt-tightening in government, how can departments collaborate on policy design to save money and improve outcomes for the citizen? A recent CSW round table explored these...

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Health check: ex-perm sec Una O’Brien & the DH’s Peter Howitt on the past, present and future of UK health policy

18 May 2016

Former Department of Health permanent secretary Dame Una O’Brien and the DH's current deputy director of legislation and policy reflect on the lessons from a series of seminars drawing on insights...