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General election 2017: Preparing for day one with a new minister

5 May 2017

Civil servants across Whitehall are preparing day one briefing packs for new ministers. Andrew Greenway recalls it as a dubious honour

Catherine Haddon: Pre-election policy pains

4 May 2017

Whitehall can still face tricky decisions during an election and the purdah period can create problems – as demonstrated by the High Court battle over air quality guidelines

What happens to the civil servants who survive staff cuts?

28 April 2017

Governments across the world have been reducing the size of their civil service. What impact does this have on the employees who remain?

General election 2017: manifestos and the trouble with a snap vote

24 April 2017

Faced with an unexpected election, political parties will be scrambling to write manifestos – and civil servants will be working to analyse them. Steve O’Neil sets out what to look for

Dave Penman on life and taxes

24 April 2017

Momentous life events remind us why the last thing we need is politicians playing fast and loose with our public services

Pubs, floods and schools: One civil servant’s experience shadowing an MP

19 April 2017

Insolvency Service investigator Claire Entwistle recounts the impressions and insights she picked up while shadowing Louise Haigh MP

Brexit: learning the lessons from the EU referendum

18 April 2017

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s report on the lessons from the EU referendum raises a number of important issues that deserve further attention.

Submissions of authority: Does key civil service decision-making process work?

10 April 2017

Submissions to ministers are integral to how government works, but the system may not lead to the best decisions

Sue Cameron: Learning the lessons from Whitehall history

6 April 2017

 Attempts to boost officials’ understanding of history are laudable, but will they work?

Opinion: Speeding up Whitehall’s digital dashboard

4 April 2017

There are many gains from big data that could be had by government. As much as it can help Whitehall spot new patterns and anomalies, it will also help improve day to management