Robert Chote

Spending Review: 100,000 public sector jobs will go by 2020, OBR predicts

25 November 2015

Fiscal watchdog predicts 0.1m drop in public sector workforce by 2020, but says pay restraint will reduce need for cuts

Chris Martin, former PPS to David Cameron

David Cameron pays tribute to principal private secretary Chris Martin, who died today

25 November 2015

The Prime Minister described top official as “somewhere between a brother and a father” to all in the Number 10 team

Cabinet Office

Peter Riddell: The nuanced partnership between ministers and officials doesn’t get enough press

16 November 2015

A look back at Margaret Thatcher's time in office shows the real story of balance and partnership between ministers and civil servants

Sir Jeremy Heywood photographed for CSW by Paul Heartfield

Sir Jeremy Heywood: tonight's Civil Service Awards are a rare chance to blow our own trumpets

12 November 2015

Ahead of tonight's Civil Service Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the Cabinet secretary hails the "passion, imagination and ingenuity" of officials across government

Cabinet secretary and head of the civil service Sir Jeremy Heywood photographed for CSW by Paul Heartfield

Jeremy Heywood interview: the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service on life at the top of Whitehall

19 October 2015

Sir Jeremy Heywood has been at the centre of power in Britain for longer than any prime minister. In a wide-ranging interview, Jess Bowie asks the cabinet secretary and head of the civil service...

Interim chief inspector of probation Paul Wilson photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Paul Wilson interview: the interim probation inspector on reform, outsourcing and resource pressures

14 October 2015

The controversial privatisation of probation services is no “omnishambles”, interim chief inspector Paul Wilson tells Sarah Aston. But he does worry that resource pressures could lead to a repeat...

DVLA Swansea

The road less travelled: DVLA's Oliver Morley and Iain Patterson on the driver agency's move to bring IT back in-house

1 October 2015

What’s the opposite of outsourcing? Insourcing, of course – and the DVLA has just given it a go. As the driver agency moves more than 300 IT staff in-house, Matt Foster caught up with chief...

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies photographed for exclusively for CSW by Paul Heartfield

Dame Sally Davies interview: the chief medical officer on e-cigarettes, antibiotic resistance – and stepping out of the comfort zone

28 September 2015

As the government’s most senior medical adviser, it’s Dame Sally Davies’ job to stand up for hard evidence and grapple with some of the country’s biggest health challenges. Matt Foster meets her...

Participants in the round table

Meeting the Spending Review challenge: a CSW round table

24 November 2015

After years of shrinking departmental budgets, how can civil servants rise to the further challenge of the 2015 Spending Review? Jess Wilkins reports from a CSW round table which sought to address...

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HMRC's Aspire: How is government preparing for the end of its biggest IT deal?

21 October 2015

Major projects in focus: As HMRC calls time on Aspire, the government’s largest IT contract, Matt Foster...

James Bond 007

James Bond, Humphrey Appleby, Terri Coverly – who's the greatest ever fictional civil servant?

22 October 2015

Many of the world’s most famous government officials never actually existed. As the legendary crown servant James Bond returns to our screens in Spectre, we profile some more made-up...

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Review: New book from former Whitehall speechwriter Simon Lancaster explores the language of leadership

19 August 2015

Images of journeys, food and friends work wonders in speeches – but phrases like “accelerating reform” are a definite turn-off. Oliver Rowe reviews Simon Lancaster’s Winning Minds: Secrets...


"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