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Legal bodies urge Peers to stop government sidestepping judicial review

20 October 2014

Three key legal bodies have branded Part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill an attack on judicial review.

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DWP to recruit new pensions ombudsman and deputy ombudsman for 2015

20 October 2014

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced plans to start recruiting for the roles of pensions ombudsman and deputy pensions ombudsman for 2015.

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Private sector chiefs commend perm secs

17 October 2014

Top flight chief executives have sung the praises of both the management approach and the professionalism of permanent secretaries in a Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG) released yesterday.

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HMRC confirms plans to reduce staff numbers by December 2015

17 October 2014

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced plans to further reduce the number of staff and offices in a bid to reduce the size and number of locations used by the department.

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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.