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Editorial: The experts tell us to listen carefully, move slowly

30 September 2014

By chance, two service delivery heavyweights have shared a single message. Ministers and officials alike should listen up

Opinion: Dave Penman, FDA

25 September 2014

Civil servants achieve so much for the public good, argues Dave Penman, but rarely get the praise they deserve: their leaders should sing their praises more loudly – even if it gets the critics...

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Opinion: Rob Whiteman on leading - and abolishing - the UKBA

24 September 2014

Former UK Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman writes about the challenges and frustrations of heading up, and ultimately dismantling, the organisation

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Lord Hennessy meets... Lord Richards

1 October 2014

Journalist and historian Peter Hennessy meets former chief of the defence staff General Sir David Richards to discuss Whitehall’s internal wars, and the need for truly strategic thinking in...

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Interview: Lord Victor Adebowale

29 September 2014

Victor Adebowale may be a peer of the realm, but his ideas for public service reform – built on 30 years’ experience in housing and social care – challenge established thinking. Winnie Agbonlahor...

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Interview: Helen Edwards

23 September 2014

Helen Edwards left a career in frontline social work and charity management for a job on Whitehall; now she's the DCLG's deputy permanent secretary. She tells Matt Ross about pursuing change in...

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Legislation Tracker: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

9 October 2014

I rundown of a key piece of legislation; what are its aims and how will it affect you? This edition we look at the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill.

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Event Report: Maude expands central local property-sharing

24 September 2014

Central controls over departments’ management of their property assets and leases has been “tough but needed”, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said on 3 September at the launch of phase two...