Liz Truss

Liz Truss to set out prison closure plan later this year

22 March 2017

Justice secretary confirms move as planning permission sought for four new jails

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PAC: recruitment problems still undermining defence estate plan

22 March 2017

MPs warn that contract with Capita-led consortium has "failed to transform" Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and continued uncertainty will exacerbate ongoing recruitment challenges at...

Theresa May

May announces Article 50 trigger as IfG warns there will be "little time for anything else"

20 March 2017

EU exit process will lead to increased pressure on departments to prioritise legislation says Institute for Government think tank

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Latest civil service & public affairs moves — March 20

20 March 2017

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

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It's time to get spending reviews out into the open

14 March 2017

The latest round of efficiency savings demanded by the Treasury will set civil servants off on a merry dance. Given the official hours devoted to such reviews, is it time for rethink?

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Why civil service leaders need to take workplace stress seriously

9 March 2017

Departmental chiefs must work to create an environment that’s good for body and mind

Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill, photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Why the UK needs a better process for appointing national security advisers

3 March 2017

With the appointment of Mark Sedwill, Britain is now on its fourth national security adviser since 2010. Dr Joe Devanny asks whether such churn at the top really makes for effective government

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Why it's time to transform the relationships between departments and arm's-length bodies

27 February 2017

Lesley Ann Nash, the Cabinet Office's director for public bodies reform, explains how the government's new code is aiming to shift relationships between departments and arm’s-length bodies away...

Social Mobility

Greg Hobbs: How the civil service's Fast Track apprenticeship scheme is opening doors

22 February 2017

As the civil service Fast Track apprenticeship programme opens for a new round of applications, the Cabinet Office's deputy director of early talent Greg Hobbs explains how the scheme can ...

GDS leader Kevin Cunnington

Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on Whitehall 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming

16 March 2017

After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking...

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) permanent secretary Sue Owen, photographed by CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Sue Owen interview: the DCMS perm sec on her small department with big ideas

13 March 2017

With staff numbers and responsibilities growing, DCMS is undergoing something of a renaissance. Permanent secretary Sue Owen tells Suzannah Brecknell about the importance...

Former Defra perm sec Bronwyn Hill

Bronwyn Hill interview: the former Defra chief on Brexit, nuclear and the day Owen Paterson made a splash

15 February 2017

Once credited as the woman who “smashed Whitehall’s glass ceiling”, Bronwyn Hill spent four years as Defra permanent secretary until she stepped down in 2015. She tells Sam Macrory about her new...

Former Welsh government Permanent secretary Sir Derek Jones

Exit interview: Sir Derek Jones on a "quiet revolution" and his stint as the Welsh government's top civil servant

14 February 2017

Just before he stepped down as permanent secretary of the Welsh Government, Sir Derek Jones told CSW's Suzannah Brecknell why, despite the challenges ahead, civil servants should be...

Sir Jeremy Heywood photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Sir Jeremy Heywood interview: the head of the UK civil service on a "very intense" few months

30 January 2017

Five years into his job as the UK's top official, Sir Jeremy Heywood faces his greatest challenge yet – ensuring the civil service he leads is ready for the mammoth task of leaving the European...

Cabinet Office Whitehall

"The glue binding departments together" – ten things you may not know about the Cabinet Office

1 March 2017

The Cabinet Office has been at the heart of government for the past 100 years – yet it remains shrouded in mystery. Historian Sir Anthony Seldon – author of new book The Cabinet Office...

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Passport to equality: Making the civil service more disabled-friendly

16 February 2017

The civil service has set its sights on being the UK’s most inclusive employer. Mark Smulian reports on efforts to make that vision a reality for disabled staff, and hears personal stories about...