Opinion: Dave Penman, FDA

19 August 2014

Picking the right civil service CEO is important. But any candidate will encounter the job's structural challenges.

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In Question: Flexible working

18 August 2014

On 27 March, Lucy Powell MP asked 21 departments to explain: what proportion of civil servants, of each sex and grade, work part-time.


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Editorial: A Scottish 'Yes' vote would leave Whitehall unprepared

13 August 2014

If Scotland votes to go it alone, the civil service will face a massive task – and, as CSW editor Matt Ross argues, it will do so quite unprepared

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Interview: Graham Allen

30 July 2014

Graham Allen, chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, tells Winnie Agbonlahor why government must increase its focus on the long term

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Interview: Sir Jeremy Heywood and Sir Bob Kerslake

29 July 2014

As the search begins for a new head of the civil service, read the last interview by incumbent Sir Bob Kerslake – interviewed with the new titular head of the civil service Sir Jeremy Heywood....

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Interview: John Pullinger

21 July 2014

John Pullinger has this month started his new job as the UK’s new national statistician. He tells Winnie Agbonlahor about his priorities in the role.

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Making space for growth

19 August 2014

A year into the Government Property Unit’s latest attempt to coordinate the use of public land assets, Mark Rowe tests reactions to the scheme – and draws out the lessons learned. Illustration by...

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Free download: Ministers and spads wall chart

19 August 2014

Our colleagues in Dods Monitoring have put together a wall chart detailing the government's full ministerial breakdown, including names of spads and contact details for each minister.

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The Foreign Office and World War

19 August 2014

FCO historian Richard Smith explains his department’s response to the Great War

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Culture: Colosseo Restaurant

1 August 2014

I’m considering writing a tome on etiquette for office workers. Some rules are set in stone (eg. be polite to temps, because you never know how long they’ll be here). Others are up for...

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Travel: Budapest, Hungary

6 June 2014

When you don’t have the time to go on long holidays, planning the perfect weekend get-away becomes of crucial importance: the ideal spot should be far away, but easy to reach; warm, but not too...

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Restaurant: Olivelli

25 May 2014

It’s nice to have a regular restaurant; one in which a meal is both a special occasion, and a deeply comfortable experience. And in recent years, with a few old friends I’ve found just such a...