Policies

Department for International Trade ‘risks overstretching itself’

18 May 2017

Think tank warns post-Brexit trade deals will require a step-change in Whitehall culture with the creation of a new “trade negotiator” profession as a priority

Election 2017: Labour wage plan 'spells five-fold increase in public servants on minimum rate'

11 May 2017

IFS analysis finds both Labour and Conservative plans would lead to increase in proportion of public sector workers paid national minimum wage

What will Brexit mean for Defra?

13 April 2017

Untangling the UK’s complicated relationship with European environmental policies and subsidies could be the hardest part of leaving the EU. Mark Rowe reports

Department for International Trade ‘risks overstretching itself’

18 May 2017

Think tank warns post-Brexit trade deals will require a step-change in Whitehall culture with the creation of a new “trade negotiator” profession as a priority

DfID perm sec Mark Lowcock ‘poised’ for United Nations move

12 May 2017

According to reports, the Department for International Development’s top civil servant is set to be appointed as under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs at the UN
 

NHS hack: Lessons for the civil service from WanaCrypt0r cyber attack

16 May 2017

Last week's cyber hack exploited weaknesses in widely used computing systems across the public sector, particularly the NHS. Leaders need to get better at evaluating the small risk of very serious...

Former defence chiefs say MoD “disingenuous” over military spending

10 May 2017

Letter dismisses government's claim that it meets 2% NATO defence spending target as “accounting deception”

Government prisoner legal aid cuts judged ‘unlawful’ by Court of Appeal

11 April 2017

Rules introduced by ministers to stop legal aid being granted to prisoners in certain situations have been deemed unlawful by the Court of Appeal

Catherine Haddon: Pre-election policy pains

4 May 2017

Whitehall can still face tricky decisions during an election and the purdah period can create problems – as demonstrated by the High Court battle over air quality guidelines

MPs want to beef up civil service code to tackle "revolving door"

25 April 2017

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee wants to see the civil service code amended to prevent potential conflicts of interest as government pushes for greater...

Civil Service Commission appoints five new members

24 April 2017

Commissioners will oversee recruitment into the civil service and sit on selection boards for top posts
 

Environment researchers gagged during general election

23 May 2017

Over-zealous application of 'purdah' rules are having worrying consequences for environmental discussions, argues Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment...

Former civil service chief Lord Kerslake: ‘Pretty much every department is at risk’ of cyber attack

17 May 2017

Government should look ‘very seriously’ at investing more in both cyber security and training, as investigation - and finger-pointing - over WannaCry continue

NHS cyber attack a 'wake-up call' for government

16 May 2017

Governments must start taking cyber security as seriously as physical military security, according to Microsoft’s president, in the wake of the attack which affected the NHS on Friday.

UK Statistics Authority chair issues general election warning

25 April 2017
David Norgrove writes to ask parties to make sure their campaign materials don’t mislead the public

Schools using Pupil Premium cash to plug budget gaps, analysis finds

12 April 2017

Almost one in three headteachers are using their Pupil Premium funding to plug gaps in their school’s budget, research has revealed.

Dave Penman on life and taxes

24 April 2017

Momentous life events remind us why the last thing we need is politicians playing fast and loose with our public services

Sue Owen interview: the DCMS perm sec on her small department with big ideas

13 March 2017

With staff numbers and responsibilities growing, DCMS is undergoing something of a renaissance. Permanent secretary Sue Owen tells Suzannah Brecknell about the importance...