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Kerslake sets out ‘unfinished business’ in civil service reform

26 September 2014

There is “unfinished business” in civil service reform, former head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake said yesterday – including devolving powers away from Whitehall, and breaking down departmental structures. 

DfT and DCLG urged to work together to improve roads

25 September 2014

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today called on the Department for Transport (DfT) to work more closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on maintaining the country’s road network.

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Civil servants to strike over pay

24 September 2014

Civil servants are due to take part in a one-day strike over pay on Wednesday, 15 October, it has been announced today.

Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of Civil Service

Kerslake: Delay in diversity plan ‘biggest regret’

22 September 2014

Former head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake has said his biggest regret is that the government didn’t publish a civil service diversity plan more quickly.

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Olly Robbins defends new Talent Action Plan

19 September 2014

Oliver Robbins, director-general, civil service, has spoken out in defence of the government’s new Talent Action Plan – designed to promote diversity in the civil service – after a blog about its publication attracted 130 comments on the civil service website.

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Senior managers often ‘don’t know what’s going on’ with their departments’ contracts

18 September 2014

Senior civil servants often “don’t know what’s going on” with contracts held by their departments and thus spot problems too late, Joshua Reddaway, the National Audit Office’s director for commercial and contracting, has warned.

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Passport Office chief exec accused of ‘complete management failure’

16 September 2014

Paul Pugh, chief executive of the Passport Office, has been accused of a “complete management failure” by the Home Affairs Select Committee. In a report published today, the committee calls for the office to be abolished and its functions to be returned to the direct control of ministers.

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Charles Clarke: Politicians who ‘slag off’ civil service are ‘completely wrong’

16 September 2014

Civil servants who challenge ministers’ ill thought-through policy ideas are generally blamed for blocking change and become the “butt of hostility”, former Labour minister Charles Clarke has said.

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PAC says DCLG lacks adequate accountability for local authority grant schemes

15 September 2014

The Public Accounts Committee has warned the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that it lacks the data to ensure that local authorities are receiving “value for money with their funding” in some targeted grant schemes.

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Dugher: New CEO could 'lack authority'

8 September 2014

The new chief executive of the civil service is likely to "lack the authority he/she needs to help drive forward real reform”, according to shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher.

Heywood takes reins as head of the civil service

5 September 2014

Sir Jeremy Heywood has this week taken over the role of head of the civil service from Sir Bob Kerslake, who in July announced his forthcoming retirement.