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Top tips: How to improve the relationship between departments and arm’s-length bodies

27 July 2017

New research by the Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF), Association of Chief Executives (ACE) and Institute for Government (IfG) highlights the need for greater consistency, strategic collaboration, transparency, and better cross-government working to improve partnerships between arm’s-length bodies (ALBs) and government departments. Here’s what can be done.

Opinion: How to make the civil service brilliant by mirroring global government’s other stars

26 July 2017

A new international league table shows where the civil service is world classed – and where Whitehall is lagging behind. Sharing of practice can help tackle shared problems

Minority report: Akash Paun offers some crumbs of comfort on Westminster’s new balance of power

24 July 2017

Minority governments evoke fear of chaos, but there may be an upside to the uncertainty, says IfG’s constitutional change expert 

Scrabbling for power: Why the minority government will be left drawing blanks on policy

20 July 2017

Civil servants fear uncertainty and, these days, a lack of direction is a real challenge for government, says Andrew Greenway

Antonia Romeo reflects on the Department for International Trade's first year

13 July 2017

Established as Theresa May came to power, the international trade department has spent the last year supporting business and laying the groundwork for future trade deals, argues its permanent secretary

Book review: Robin Butler - At the Heart of Power From Heath to Blair

7 July 2017

Robin Butler was at the heart of some of No. 10’s greatest crises. But Sue Cameron says a new biography doesn’t always capture the drama

Gavin Freeguard: How open data can address Whitehall's challenges in the next five years

29 June 2017

If Theresa May wants to inspire confidence after a bruising election campaign, she should embrace openness and accountability

DfE perm sec Jonathan Slater: Employers should see gender pay gap reporting as an opportunity

28 June 2017

The Education permanent secretary sheds light on how his department is trying to tackle the problem of women being paid less than men

Not picking up the Slack: Whitehall instant messaging clampdown reveals lack of trust in civil servants

23 June 2017

Group chat services can make civil servants more efficient by reducing email overload. If government does not embrace them, it will lose out

Moral maze: how can civil servants find their way through ethical problems?

21 June 2017

For people working in government, getting on with the task at hand should not be a morality-free process, says Claire Foster-Gilbert

Brexit negotiations: exploring special status for Northern Ireland

20 June 2017

All sides in the Brexit talks want an early agreement on the status of Northern Ireland. At a time when the Northern Ireland Civil Service gets new interim head, what will that mean in practice? CIPFA's Alan Bermingham explores one possible solution to the unique challenges in this region