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Special report: How the new Government Property Agency is aiming to revolutionise the civil service estate

7 February 2017

Later this year, ownership of much of the government estate will be passed to a new Government Property Agency – with departments charged market-level rent for their offices in a bid to drive...

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The five things all civil servants wish for

31 January 2017

If you had one wish for your work, what would it be? Alex Starritt asked officials from across the UK and around the world that very question. Their answers were strikingly similar...

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Sir Jeremy Heywood interview: the head of the UK civil service on a "very intense" few months

30 January 2017

Five years into his job as the UK's top official, Sir Jeremy Heywood faces his greatest challenge yet – ensuring the civil service he leads is ready for the mammoth task of leaving the European...

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What's it really like being a government speechwriter?

27 January 2017

Words don’t come easily to everyone, but speechwriters have a head start. Department for Work and Pensions wordsmith James Doughty shares some trade secrets

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Interview: MoD permanent secretary Stephen Lovegrove on NATO, Brexit and the future of his department

25 January 2017

The map of Whitehall has changed considerably in the months since Stephen Lovegrove left the Department of Energy and Climate Change to become Ministry of Defence perm sec. He tells Colin Marrs...

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Special report: What's the state of sickness absence in the civil service?

23 January 2017

Civil service leaders have long tried to cut sickness absence rates among their staff. But, asks Suzannah Brecknell, are they looking at the full picture?

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What can the UK civil service learn from other countries' policy innovations?

17 January 2017

Joshua Chambers has travelled the world meeting government innovators. Here, he shares some of their secrets.

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Inside the civil service's "mobile, flexible" Surge and Rapid Response Team

11 January 2017

Special report: In just two years, the Surge and Rapid Response Team has gone from an idea for coping with Whitehall’s spending squeeze to a workforce of more than 300 apprentices...

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Changing the conversation: An interview with Microsoft's Toni Townes-Whitley

10 January 2017

CSW caught up with Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector to discuss transformation in times of austerity, the key to successful major projects and tackling the lack...

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Roundtable: What are the secrets of successful government digital transformation?

10 January 2017

Government must do more than just adapt to current processes if it is to make the most of the digital revolution. Colin Marrs reports on a round table, hosted by CSW and Cognizant, where...