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Andy Beale to become government's deputy chief technology officer as GDS looks to the future

5 February 2016

Common Technology Services chief Andy Beale to become deputy CTO – as government prepares to unveil digital strategy for the next four years

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Department of Health to cut jobs and merge London sites

5 February 2016

Core department announces plans to merge three London offices in favour of single site in Westminster

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Home secretary moots expansion of police and crime commissioners’ role

4 February 2016

Probation officers and other civil service roles could be subject to greater management from police and crime commissioners as part of measures to promote...

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Government draws fire over “planned” Department for Work and Pensions directorship for Amazon boss

4 February 2016

The anticipated decision to give Amazon director Douglas Gurr a non-executive role at the Department for Work and Pensions has been attacked because of the firm’s tax record

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Cabinet Office volunteers launch “Listening Service” for colleagues facing problems

4 February 2016

A new colleague-to-colleague counselling service has been created at the Cabinet Office in a bid to fill gaps in current help and support provision

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Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock: government to vacate 75% of sites by 2023

3 February 2016

Government hails major savings on government estate since 2010 and sets out plans to go further - but the PCS union warns "vital local services" will be undermined

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Whitehall urged to improve "ad hoc" data sharing with governments in Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff

3 February 2016

Report by the Alliance for Useful Evidence and the Institute for Government finds officials held back by "structural and cultural barriers" between UK's various...

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Fast Stream to open assessment centres outside London in bid to tackle “unrepresentative” graduate intake

2 February 2016

Cabinet Office-commissioned report finds flagship Fast Stream graduate programme remains “unrepresentative of the population at large”, as minister...

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Government Digital Service programme director Janet Hughes: What if boldness were an explicit value of the civil service?

28 January 2016

Civil servants will always need to be honest, impartial, objective, and act with integrity – but we must make sure we don’t encourage passivity or inertia

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Corporate cannibalism and stealing good ideas: how the civil service can eat itself fitter

22 January 2016

Most officials will be aware of cases where “perverse incentives” hamper better service delivery. Joshua Chambers takes a global view of how corporate cannibalism and bare-faced theft can be a...

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Jane Dudman: If John Manzoni and Jeremy Heywood had watched more reality TV, they would understand that bringing in alpha leaders isn't always the answer

19 January 2016

The recent NAO report and Civil Service People Survey both suggest Whitehall could learn some important lessons about leadership and teamwork from the behaviour displayed on reality television

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Adrian Brown: As world leaders gather in Davos, they should seize the chance to turn ideas into impact

19 January 2016

With the path from Whitehall to Davos well-worn, Adrian Brown suggests how delegates at this week's event might turn pledges into reality 

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Lord Kerslake interview: “Civil servants are more at risk from ministers’ off-the-record briefings to the press than they are from FoI”

29 January 2016

Ex-civil service head Lord Kerslake talks to Daniel Bond about the Trade Union Bill, Freedom of Information – and why he is using his platform in the House of Lords as a chance to speak his mind...

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Interview: Civil Service Learning director Hilary Spencer – "It’s an oldie but a goodie: people are our greatest asset"

21 January 2016

Four years on from a major overhaul of Whitehall’s learning and development programme, Civil Service Learning is embarking on another big shake-up. Matt Foster...

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Sir Derek Jones: the Welsh government's top official on devolution and a year of "intense pressure and scrutiny"

23 December 2015

With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive...

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Ordnance Survey CEO Nigel Clifford on a "year of transition" and his first months in the top job

23 December 2015

With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive...

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NS&I chief executive Jane Platt reviews 2015 – and looks ahead to the new year

23 December 2015

With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive plans. National Savings &...

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Civil service chief John Manzoni: 2016 will be about working smarter to get things done

23 December 2015

With the end of 2015 in sight, we asked Whitehall's top officials to review the year, set out their priorities for 2016 – and shed some light on their festive...

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Frontline: A care home manager on why cuts to social care could mean a return to the bad old days

29 January 2016

A care home manager discusses how the pressures facing the sector – including budget cuts and high staff turnover – impact on some of the most vulnerable people in society

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Project management in the new parliament: the journey towards creating career paths in delivery

21 December 2015

What skills and capabilities are required for overseeing major government projects – and is there a clear enough career path for project managers in the civil service? Colin Marrs reports from a...

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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