Brexit could cost departments £65m a year to implement, says Institute for Government

29 September 2016

IfG says civil service is responding quickly to prepare for Brexit — but warns that ministerial conflict and uncertainty over the process could undermine this work

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni

John Manzoni: redundancy offer is a "fairer deal for civil servants"

28 September 2016

Civil service chief executive says final, revised offer to trade unions on redundancy pay cuts will "simplify the exit process, while treating our employees respectfully and fairly"

Jacqui Smith, Tessa Jowell and Jack Straw in the House of Commons

Civil servants saw parliament as a “distraction”, say former New Labour ministers

27 September 2016

Ed Balls, Jacqui Smith and Jack Straw are among the latest former ministers to lift the lid on their dealings with the civil service. Suzannah Brecknell reports

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Civil Service Compensation Scheme overhaul — full details & reaction as Cabinet Office makes offer

26 September 2016

Full details and reaction from the PCS, FDA and Prospect Unions as the Cabinet Office makes its final offer on fresh reform of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme

Former prime minister David Cameron with his then-chief of staff Ed Llewellyn

Row as David Cameron’s former aide given top diplomatic post without open competition

26 September 2016

The FDA union argues that appointment of Cameron's former chief of staff Ed Llewellyn "undermines the principles of selection on merit"

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Civil Service Compensation Scheme offer “imminent” — as Treasury sets out framework for cuts

26 September 2016

Offer to unions on civil service redundancy shake-up could come as early as today, CSW understands, as Treasury sets out broader reform "framework"


Northern Ireland Civil Service reports hike in staff sick days

23 September 2016

Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice had the highest level of staff absences last year, new figures show


Why student engagement data should be at the heart of higher education policymaking

8 September 2016

There's a wealth of data out there on student engagement, says Emilie Sundorph of the Reform think tank –...

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Dave Penman: Are civil servants really Europhile Brexit-resisters?

2 September 2016

The civil service can deliver the best outcome possible from exiting the EU, says the FDA union's general secretary – but only if it is given clear political direction as well as the required...

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What’s the civil service doing to nurture black and minority ethnic leaders?

22 August 2016

Whitehall can do more to boost the representation of BAME staff in its top ranks – but, says Angela Seesurrun of Civil Service Resourcing, there are already signs of...

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Devolving power from Whitehall should be a big opportunity for charities. So why are they worried?

10 August 2016

The voluntary sector should be well placed to help deliver services in the devolution era. But, as Patrick Murray of charity think tank the New...

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HMRC's former comms chief Simon MacDowall: Don't obsess about the Westminster Village – citizens want well-run services

5 August 2016

Simon MacDowall, a former communicationss director in three departments, argues that true success lies not in spinning media lines but in putting citizens’ needs first

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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...

Former UKTI chief executive Sir Andrew Cahn talks to CSW. Image: Photoshot

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

Charity Commission chief executive Paula Sussex photographed for CSW

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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Interview: Sir Peter Housden, former Scottish government permanent secretary: "People tire of gladiatorial ministers"

11 August 2016

Sir Peter Housden served as Scotland's top official for five years, stepping down from the civil service last year after more than a decade at the helm of big government organisations. Here, he...

National Infrastructure Commission chief executive Phil Graham. Image: Photoshot

Interview: Phil Graham, National Infrastructure Commission CEO on Heathrow, HS2 – and long-term thinking

10 August 2016

The National Infrastructure Commission is less than a year old. But it's already thinking about the infrastructure Britain will need in 2050. The NIC'...

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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