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Companies House to give out digital data for free

18 July 2014

Companies House is to make all of its digital data available for free from April 2015.

DWP permanent secretary rejects NAO Work Programme findings

18 July 2014

Robert Devereux, permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, has rejected the National Audit Office's conclusion that the Work Programme is no more effective than its predecessors.

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CS ‘key’ barrier to devolution, says Clive Betts

18 July 2014

The civil service is “one of the key players in resisting the devolution” of powers from Whitehall to local authorities, Clive Betts, chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, has told CSW. 

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care.data is back, with pilot in 500 GP practices

18 July 2014

The government’s controversial patient record-sharing programme care.data, paused in February after noisy opposition, will be restarted as a pilot this autumn, according to NHS England’s national director for patients and information Tim Kelsey.

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Government drops plans to sell off Land Registry

17 July 2014

Plans to part-privatise the Land Registry have been paused by the government, in a move welcomed by trade unions who have been campaigning against the sell-off.

Sir Bob Kerslake at Civil Service Live

Kerslake: working with civil service was 'fantastic experience'

16 July 2014

Sir Bob Kerslake spoke of his commitment to public service today, as he told an audience of civil servants about his retirement next year.

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Maude: Civil servants must give ‘most challenging advice’

16 July 2014

Civil servants must give ministers “the most challenging advice”, because ministers “absolutely want to be told” what will and won’t work, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said today.

DPM Nick Clegg speaking at Civil Service Live

Clegg calls on civil servants to retain 'long-term perspective'

16 July 2014

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg today told an audience of civil servants that ministers have a “duty to acknowledge and respect your role as the backbone of the public infrastructure, that has to survive the ebb and flow as governments come and go.”

O'Donnell welcomes plans to merge top civil service jobs

16 July 2014

Former cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell has welcomed the government’s plan to recombine the jobs of cabinet secretary and head of the civil service, telling Radio 4’s Today programme this morning that “having one person doing both jobs is a big step forward.”

Kerslake steps down as civil service head

15 July 2014

Sir Bob Kerslake (pictured) is stepping down from his role as head of the civil service in the autumn, and is to retire as permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) at the end of February 2015, it has been announced today.

O’Donnell highlights perm secs' dual role

11 July 2014

Lord O’Donnell, former head of the civil service, has dismissed as “silly” suggestions that permanent secretaries should only serve the “priorities of the government of the day”, rather than balancing them against the long-term aims of their department.