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Perm secs given November deadline for action on diversity

17 October 2014

Permanent secretaries have less than a month to deliver work to boost diversity in their departments, the government’s new diversity champion Sir Simon Fraser revealed at this year’s Civil Service Diversity & Equality Awards.

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Cabinet Office says national PCS strike turnout lowest ever

16 October 2014

The Cabinet Office has estimated that the total number of civil servants that took part in the national strike over pay freezes (as reported by CSW on Wednesday) was 71,210.


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Shortlist for the Civil Service Awards 2014 announced

16 October 2014

The shortlist of civil servants nominated for the 2014 Civil Service Awards, held in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, was announced today.

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Civil servants join national strike over pay

15 October 2014

Civil servants from UK government departments and agencies as well as the Welsh government have today joined a national walk-out over pay.

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Prime minister to pick perm secs from shortlist

15 October 2014

The prime minister will be able to pick permanent secretaries out of a candidate shortlist from December this year, under new rules announced today – with the first competition to be held under the new process that to replace Sir Bob Kerslake in February as permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Sharon White says civil service slipping on equality for women

13 October 2014

The civil service has not gone far enough in appointing women to senior positions, the Treasury’s second permanent secretary Sharon White told a conference audience last month.

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Departments ‘get nowhere’ without in-house capability, says digital chief

7 October 2014

Departments will “get absolutely nowhere” on reforming their services if they don’t have their own in-house digital capability, Paul Shetler, chief digital officer at the Ministry of Justice (furthest right), has warned.

Civil service jobs to leave Whitehall for suburbs

6 October 2014

Civil servants could see their offices move from central London to outer suburbs under plans to further shrink the government’s presence on Whitehall, it was announced last week.

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Manzoni made civil service CE as ‘Two Years On’ report maps out future reforms

2 October 2014

John Manzoni, the chief executive of the Major Projects Authority, has been named as the new chief executive of the civil service.

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Government considers Social Value Act extension

30 September 2014

The government is considering extending the Social Value Act to include goods, works, infrastructure and public assets, under a Cabinet Office review.

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Further Whitehall cuts ahead under Tory government

29 September 2014

The Tories will continue Whitehall cuts at the same pace for at least two further years if re-elected for another term in office, chancellor George Osborne has announced today.