Town hall, devolution

Whitehall must not hoard reclaimed EU powers, say council chiefs

28 June 2016

Local Government Association says Brexit talks should not simply return legislative ...

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin

Oliver Letwin to head up civil service Brexit unit – as experts question contingency planning

27 June 2016

Role of the civil service is to "make sure that we prepare for an incoming prime minister to take decisions", Number 10 says – as constitutional experts flag up...

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Brexit trade deals will need beefed-up Department for Business, Innovation & Skills – Bernard Jenkin

27 June 2016

Victorious “Leave” campaigner – and chair of Parliament's Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee – tells CSW that there should be a new trade directorate and a rebranding of...

Chancellor George Osborne at the Treasury to give his first statement since Britain voted to quit the European Union. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

George Osborne defers emergency Brexit budget

27 June 2016

Speaking from the Treasury, chancellor says UK will face decision to leave European Union from a "position of strength" – but defers decision to cut spending and...

Ministry of Justice London (MoJ)

National Probation Service chief to head up the Youth Justice Board

27 June 2016

National Probation Service director Colin Allars named as successor to Lin Hinnigan at troubled young offenders' organisation

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Sir Jeremy Heywood calls for "calm and commitment" as Whitehall readies for long road to Brexit

24 June 2016

Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood tells civil servants to ensure "business continues as usual", as CSW gathers key reaction to what Britain's historic...

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UCL's Constitution Unit issues damning verdict on EU referendum conduct

24 June 2016

University College London academics spearhead drive for independent inquiry into both sides’ “misinformation” and “outright falsehood”

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Universal Credit chief Neil Couling: Major welfare reform was always going to be a challenge. Here's what I've learned

17 May 2016

Writing exclusively for CSW, Neil Couling – director general of the Department for Work and Pensions' Universal Credit programme – says strong political backing, a "test and learn" approach to...

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest moves in the civil service & public affairs – May 6

6 May 2016

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


Transforming Rehabilitation: The MoJ's probation shake-up must not treat charities as "bid candy"

3 May 2016

Experienced rehabilitation charities say they have been left disadvantaged by the bidding process for the Ministry of Justice's probation overhaul

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni

John Manzoni interview: "Guiding people through change always takes longer than you think; it’s always harder than you think"

25 February 2016

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni talks to Suzannah Brecknell about leadership, transforming government and building relationships with the private...

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How can civil servants collaborate on policy design to improve outcomes?

27 May 2016

In an era of protracted belt-tightening in government, how can departments collaborate on policy design to save money and improve outcomes for the citizen? A recent CSW round table explored these...

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Health check: ex-perm sec Una O’Brien & the DH’s Peter Howitt on the past, present and future of UK health policy

18 May 2016

Former Department of Health permanent secretary Dame Una O’Brien and the DH's current deputy director of legislation and policy reflect on the lessons from a series of seminars drawing on insights...