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MPs demand opt-outs debate

3 April 2014

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CS urged to use online tools

3 April 2014

Civil servants have been urged by the Government Digital Service to use more online tools such as Twitter, SurveyMonkey and LinkedIn.

Cabinet Office calls on public sector to exclude failed suppliers

3 April 2014

Public sector procurement professionals must prepare to make the most of new EU procurement rules that allow government to penalise poor suppliers, Sally Collier, government’s deputy chief procurement officer, has told CSW.

‘Maths wrong’ on student fees

3 April 2014

The government “got its maths wrong” when planning to raise tuition fees, according to Nick Hillman, former special adviser to university minister David Willetts.

Arrivals, moves & departures March 2014

3 April 2014

Minouche Shafik, formerly permanent secretary at the Department for International Development, has been appointed deputy governor at the Bank of England.

Cabinet Office to ‘ramp up’ comms as pension costs rise

3 April 2014

The Civil Service Workforce Reform Team is planning to “ramp up the communication” about civil service pensions reform in the next few weeks, its head has told CSW.

Meet the pantomime villain

3 April 2014

As head of civil service workforce reform, Adrian Dottridge oversees controversial reforms to pensions, pay & T&Cs. Winnie Agbonlahor hears him explain why his team members don’t deserve their reputation as ‘panto villains’

Michael Barber, former Delivery Unit chief, ‘tempted’ by idea of commission on civil service reform

1 April 2014

Michael Barber, the former head of Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit, has told CSW he is “tempted” by the idea of a commission on civil service reform, as long as it’s able to build cross-party consensus.

Bob’s blog met with CS fury

1 April 2014

A recent blog post by, the head of the civil service, about the government’s new performance management (PM) system has prompted civil servants to post over 500 comments – more than 95% of them negative.

Business broadly in favour of EU membership, govt survey shows

31 March 2014

Businesses have voiced broad support in a number of areas for the principle of European Union membership, according to a set of surveys released by the government.

DVLA could provide more shared services to other public bodies

31 March 2014

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) could provide call centre, printing and mailing services across government, according to a review of the agency conducted by transport department non-executive director Mary Reilly.

O’Donnell: spending review should consider wellbeing

28 March 2014

Departments should be allocated funding according to the degree to which they boost the nation’s wellbeing, according to Lord O’Donnell, former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service – who led a recent report into the topic.