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MPs seek pause on Houses of Parliament restoration ahead of new probe

17 March 2017

Treasury Select Committee says it would be “imprudent” for decisions on the multi-billion pound overhaul to be taken before inquiry is complete

Alex Chisholm, permanent secretary of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) - photographed for CSW by Photoshot

BEIS perm sec responds after staff raise concerns over new department's identity

27 February 2017

After the merger of DECC and BIS, the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's permanent secretary Alex Chisholm tells CSW that his department's low ranking for "...

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Brexit a "golden opportunity" for Defra, says department's former chief

15 February 2017

Former Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs perm sec Bronwyn Hill tells CSW that Brexit offers the chance to rethink UK's rural subsidy system

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PAC: recruitment problems still undermining defence estate plan

22 March 2017

MPs warn that contract with Capita-led consortium has "failed to transform" Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and continued uncertainty will exacerbate ongoing recruitment challenges at...

Theresa May

May announces Article 50 trigger as IfG warns there will be "little time for anything else"

20 March 2017

EU exit process will lead to increased pressure on departments to prioritise legislation says Institute for Government think tank

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MPs join calls to boost cabinet secretary’s powers in wake of Chilcot Inquiry

16 March 2017

PACAC slams the “absence of safeguards” to ensure prime ministers do not bypass proper cabinet procedures,  and urges government to publish the lessons it has learned from Chilcot Inquiry

Sarah Wollaston

MPs berate Whitehall’s ‘missed opportunities’ to combat childhood obesity

27 March 2017

Health Select Committee calls for stronger measures to tax unhealthy food and drink, plus clearer warnings on future action

WelfareandSocialCare

Social care funding: a crisis deferred?

23 March 2017

Expanding a government policy that allows people to use the value of their home to pay for social care without having to sell the property could unlock money at a time of growing demand

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Why civil service leaders need to take workplace stress seriously

9 March 2017

Departmental chiefs must work to create an environment that’s good for body and mind

National Audit Office (NAO) Comptroller and Auditor General Sir Amyas Morse

National Audit Office sounds alarm over civil service workload

24 March 2017

Watchdog warns demands of service pressures, major projects and Brexit are outpacing Whitehall’s capacity to deliver at a time of staffing restrictions and spending restraint

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IFS cites ‘significant winners and losers’ from schools funding formula reform

22 March 2017

Ministers have been urged to drive more cash into the education system as a leading think tank warned of “significant winners and losers” over reforms to the schools funding...

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) permanent secretary Sue Owen, photographed by CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

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...

Theresa May and Philip Hammond

Phillip Hammond urged to end pay cap that "has cost civil servants £3,400 each"

6 March 2017

Continuing pay cap would mean up to 20% drop in average civil service earnings by 2020, union analysis reveals

Social Mobility

Greg Hobbs: How the civil service's Fast Track apprenticeship scheme is opening doors

22 February 2017

As the civil service Fast Track apprenticeship programme opens for a new round of applications, the Cabinet Office's deputy director of early talent Greg Hobbs explains how the scheme can ...