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MPs urge greater HMRC vigilance over abuse of tax reliefs

26 March 2015

Report by the Public Accounts Committee says HMRC too slow in identifying potential abuse of tax reliefs

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Treasury hits exports agency with half a million pound fine over 'off-payroll' practices

25 March 2015

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announces £0.5m fine for UK Export Finance for failing to comply with rules on designating staff as contractors

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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...

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Camilla Hagelund: We need fewer MPs, working more effectively

20 March 2015

The quality of legislative scrutiny in the House of Commons is woefully inadequate, argues Reform's Camilla Hagelund

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

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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

Food Standards Agency campaign

How did you… communicate a health message?

7 March 2015

What happened when the Food Standards Agency’s Food Safety Week message caught the public’s imagination?

Boris Johnson

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

Picture of the cover of Ben Yong and Robert Hazell's book on spads

Book Review: Spads: what are they good for?

13 February 2015

Ben Yong and Robert Hazell's book on special advisers is a 'must read' for ministers,  spads and civil servants, says former cabinet secretary Lord O'Donnell