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New GDS chief: IT spending controls to become less "adversarial"

21 October 2016

In his first press briefing since taking over at the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington signals his plan for lighter spend controls, a greater national presence – and perhaps a...

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Departments “not clear enough” on what their arm’s-length bodies are doing, MPs warn

21 October 2016

Public Accounts Committee urges Cabinet Office to boost departments’ oversight of quangos – and share accountability good practice more widely

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Louise Casey: I did not ask DCLG to sit on critical Troubled Families report

20 October 2016

Former Troubled Families tsar hits back after government-commissioned analysis casts doubt on the success of the flagship social policy scheme

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Staff vote to strike at Equalities and Human Rights Commission

20 October 2016

Government equality watchdog workers set to stage one-day protest over budget cuts and compulsory redundancies

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Watchdog berates DVLA and Department for Transport over fitness-to-drive checks

20 October 2016

Watchdog voices “deep concern” over department’s rejection of recommendations to track down drivers with wrongly-revoked licenses

Conservative MP and chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) Bernard Jenkin

Civil service performance management "inherently adversarial" – PACAC chair Bernard Jenkin

19 October 2016

Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee welcomes review of staff appraisal system, and says new inquiry will put a heavy emphasis on leadership skills in the civil...

Civil Service Compensation Scheme: PCS mulls legal challenge to redundancy cuts

19 October 2016

Public and Commercial Services union hits out at "reprehensible" changes to redundancy pay, and says it will urge members to reject the Cabinet Office's final offer

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Civil service gets first director general for digital and media

19 October 2016

Former British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould to be based in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Watch: PACAC chair Bernard Jenkin on why we need a civil service inquiry

20 October 2016

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin explains why his committee has launched a new inquiry into the work of the civil service....

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Sue Cameron: It’s early days, but this Brexit lark’s already a goldmine for satirists

17 October 2016

The spirit of Yes, Minister lives on in the UK's bid to disentangle itself from the European Union, writes Sue Cameron

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Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis on the problem with winter fuel payments

12 October 2016

During my many years inside government I met ministers from all parties who, privately, agreed that universal Winter Fuel Payments were a costly and untargeted indulgence which we could...

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Sir Suma Chakrabarti interview – the former MoJ perm sec on flexible working, Brexit – and why Whitehall must "up its game" on diversity

10 October 2016

Sir Suma Chakrabarti did more than most to bring the civil service into the 21st century. Now that he’s president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,...

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Headcount, pay gaps & progress on diversity: 8 things we learned from the latest civil service stats

6 October 2016

As fresh Office for National Statistics data shines a light on headcount, salary and diversity within the civil service, CSW's Jim Dunton analyses the key findings

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Is Whitehall's obsession with business cases getting in the way of delivery?

6 October 2016

Opinion: By dictating the conversation about money, HM Treasury exerts an enormous influence over how Whitehall thinks about answering problems

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Duncan Selbie interview: "We've doubled healthcare spending in the past 20 years, yet the health gap has not closed"

14 October 2016

Public Health England’s many responsibilities range from obesity to global pandemics, but public protection and promoting healthy life choices are at the heart of them all. Mark Leftly does the...

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Interview: Scottish government permanent secretary Leslie Evans – "Where else would you want to be a civil servant than in Scotland at the moment?"

20 September 2016

With the future of the United Kingdom once again in the balance after the vote to quit the European Union, Jess Bowie sits down with Scotland's top official to discuss Brexit, independence – and...

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Interview: Former UK Trade & Investment chief Sir Andrew Cahn – "The lack of Brexit planning was a humiliation for this country"

2 September 2016

The former head of UK Trade and Investment sits down for lunch with CSW's Matt Foster to talk Brexit fallout, life outside Whitehall – and why life begins at 60

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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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Civil service social mobility: meet the people trying to smash Whitehall's "class ceiling"

11 October 2016

As the civil service tries to put meat on the bones of its social mobility strategy, Matt Foster meets the people trying to make the organisation more welcoming to staff from working...

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“History repeats itself” – ex-Treasury boss Nick Macpherson on why institutional memory matters

30 September 2016

While most departments closed their historical services many years ago, a few are building new ways to bring past expertise to their policy-making. Suzannah Brecknell speaks to key figures...

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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