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Some civil servants set to lose out on 1% pay rise

26 August 2015

Treasury minister Greg Hands tells pay review bodies to target higher rises in areas which would improve recruitment and retention

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Union slams ‘casualisation’ of DWP staffing

24 August 2015

Recruitment drive for job centre staff on temporary contracts slammed by PCS in the wake of departures of permanent staff

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Apprentice requirements introduced on government tenders

21 August 2015

Successful bidders for government contracts will see agreed commitments to apprentice recruitment written into contracts above £10m from next month

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Oracle deal signals “new relationship” with government

20 August 2015

Crown Commercial Service says extension of licensing deal with Oracle lays the foundation of a “more collaborative” relationship

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MoJ appoints new team of non-executives following June shake-up

20 August 2015

Three new members join former DfE non-executive Sir Theodore Agnew as Ministry of Justice’s non-executive board

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“I'm still in regular contact with a lot of my former civil servants”: Labour politician Sir Ian McCartney shares his reflections on Whitehall

27 August 2015

What do ministers really think of their officials? We asked Sir Ian McCartney – a former trade minister – to appraise the civil service

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The official view: former government whip Baroness Northover rates the civil service

19 August 2015

What do ministers really think of their officials? We asked Baroness Northover – a government whip during the coalition’s time in office – to appraise the civil service

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On the frontline with an academy teacher

13 August 2015

What’s life like at the sharp end of public services? A modern foreign languages teacher tells Sarah Aston about the pros and cons of changes to the schools system

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Why better statistics make for better decisions

11 August 2015

Opinion: Robust statistical analysis has to go hand-in-hand with clear communication, says Jonathan Athow of the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

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Rob Whiteman: The centre of government needs to let go and stop micro-managing

5 August 2015

Central government departments are still not incentivised to manage their budgets well, says the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)

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"A feeble minister blames the civil service for not delivering his policies" - William Waldegrave interviewed by Peter Hennessy

5 August 2015

A connoisseur of the Whitehall machine and an expert on the British prime ministers he has known, William Waldegrave has had a remarkable political career. Peter Hennessy meets him

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Mapping the future: CEO Nigel Clifford on the next steps for Ordnance Survey

4 August 2015

Ordnance Survey is learning to navigate a new digital landscape. But that doesn’t mean paper maps are folding for good, new CEO Nigel Clifford tells Colin Marrs

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The art of diplomacy: Simon Fraser interview

24 June 2015

Between advising the foreign secretary on crucial policy matters and overseeing a network of 13,600 staff – 9,000 of whom are overseas – arch-diplomat Sir Simon Fraser has been busy championing...

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The Francis Maude interview: "Buy-in is great, but the civil service doesn’t have a veto on its own reform"

30 April 2015

As Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude has overseen the biggest shake-up of the civil service in living memory – and earned a reputation as ‘a man trying to fight everyone in the pub at the...

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Academies and free schools – has the Department for Education bitten off more than it can chew?

25 August 2015

As the DfE vows to accelerate its flagship school reform programme, Mark Rowe asks whether government has the capacity to deliver

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Time flies: What’s it really like managing a minister’s diary?

21 August 2015

Modern government pulls ministers in every direction at once, which makes the officials in charge of their diaries indispensable. But as former civil servant Dunstan Hadley explains, fitting it...

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How the Foreign Office led efforts to prevent sexual violence in conflict

20 August 2015

Colin Marrs speaks to Tom Woodroffe – former adviser to William Hague – about the Foreign Office’s mission to put tackling sexual violence in conflict at the top of the international agenda


"Claustrophobic and marvellously inventive" – 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre

6 August 2015

Theatre review: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's retelling of George Orwell's classic makes for a superbly nervy viewing experience

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(Un)civil service: Channel 4’s new Whitehall comedy reviewed

1 July 2015

Channel 4’s new comedy pokes fun at Whitehall, but it’s more Skins than The Thick of It, says Sarah Aston

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Exhibition review: Magna Carta – Law, Liberty, Legacy

30 March 2015

The British Library’s major new show marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. After a morning spent among scrolls and artifacts – including King John’s back molars – Jacqueline Tenreiro gives...