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As Brexiteers trashed Sir Ivan Rogers' reputation, why did ministers stay silent?

5 January 2017

Many talented civil servants have stepped forward to work on Brexit, says Dave Penman of the FDA union. So why aren't ministers doing more to defend them?

Why the public sector needs data champions

3 January 2017

Opening up the government's data sets will make public service commissioning more effective as well as helping service users, argues Andrew Weston of charity think tank New Philanthropy Capital

Dame Julie Mellor: Why departments must take citizens' complaints seriously

21 December 2016

Complaints are an opportunity for public services to learn and improve, says Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor, as the watchdog publishes fresh research on how departments respond to public concerns

How Whitehall can help make Theresa May's policy priorities stick

15 December 2016

From social mobility to industrial strategy, the new prime minister must act now if she wants her big priorities to get off the ground, says the Institute for Government's Emma Norris

Brexit challenges what the civil service values most: continuity and certainty

12 December 2016

Whitehall has retained its objectivity as beyond dispute since the referendum result. But in 2017, officials will need to help ministers manage public expectations of what Brexit will achieve

Perm secs round-up 2016: Britain's top civil servants review the year and look ahead to 2017

1 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. This list will be updated throughout December, so check back regularly!

Is greater professional autonomy the secret to a happy civil service?

29 November 2016

Whitehall's annual people survey provides a moment of catharsis – but, Jane Dudman wonders, is it asking the wrong questions?

Ian Watmore: Got a question for the Civil Service Commission?

21 November 2016

Newly-appointed first civil service commissioner Ian Watmore on why the Civil Service Code matters – and how you can put your questions to his team

Churn at the top of the civil service rewards managers, not leaders

14 November 2016

Short stints in top jobs make firefighting a more rational career plan than pushing for systemic changes – and may make it harder for outsiders to break in

FDA chief Dave Penman: Why it was important to strike a deal over the Civil Service Compensation Scheme

8 November 2016

Reaching an agreement on thorny issues like redundancy pay is never easy – but it’s always better than the alternative

Why we need a more grown-up relationship between departments and their arm's length bodies

8 November 2016

The drive to achieve greater consistency in the relationships between departments and ALBs is welcome, says Chris Banks of the Public Chairs' Forum – but it's time to move away from the "parent-child" model

Civil service social mobility: the uncomfortable truths the Fast Stream still needs to confront

7 November 2016

As an organisation, we seem content to recruit from among the ranks of the poor and those of humble origin – but less content with placing them in important positions