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Stretched departments struggling to produce evidence for regulatory changes – watchdog

21 February 2017

Regulatory Policy Committee says it is "disappointed" that departments appear to be diverting resources away from providing rigorous assessment of their decisions

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP creates new DG role for Universal Credit

16 February 2017

Perm sec makes work services director Susan Park accountable for payments system’s operation across Jobcentres and service centres

Brexit illustration for CSW by Rob Grasso

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

Ploughing field

MPs question Defra’s ability to handle Brexit after rural payments fiasco

9 February 2017

Report on full impact of delays with Common Agricultural Policy funds distribution says UK taxpayers will be left with £642m in penalties 

Power plant surrounded by smoke

NAO raps department over carbon capture programme failings

19 January 2017

Watchdog cites failure to get Treasury agreement for scheme's lifetime funding as contributing factor to the cancellation of a £100m competition

Liz Truss

Justice secretary details National Offender Management Service changes

9 February 2017

NOMS chief executive Michael Spurr to lead new HM Prison and Probation Service, which goes live from April 1


Parole Board chief praises staff for cutting outstanding cases backlog

16 December 2016

But Howard League for Penal Reform says continued administrative delays are “simply unacceptable” for prisoners who remain locked up

Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Home Office perm sec Mark Sedwill on Theresa May's move to Number 10 and making a success of Brexit

15 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Mark Sedwill,...

Former cabinet secretary Lord Butler

Brexit: put deal to a fresh referendum, says former head of the civil service Lord Butler

22 February 2017

Government should not be "opposed to consulting the people on the outcome of the negotiations", argues former cabinet secretary

House of Lords

House of Lords set to debate second reading of Brexit bill

20 February 2017

Ministers brace for parliamentary "ping pong" as peers scrutinise Brexit bill

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OBR report spotlights “next financial crisis” says Institute for Government

20 January 2017

Think tank deputy director Julian McCrae says dealing with impact of the ageing society will be a dominant domestic task for Whitehall over the next 15 years


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Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis on how to reduce sickness absence in the civil service

20 January 2017

Reducing sickness absence is a vital task for leaders, and it must start with some difficult conversations if real progress is to be made 

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DfE's free schools spending doubles as old buildings struggle

22 February 2017

Education department comes in for criticism as audit office report flags increasing free school costs as old buildings fall into disrepair

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP recruits for brace of senior disability roles

17 February 2017

Department seeks Office for Disability Issues chief and deputy director for Disability Employment Strategy Directorate

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Why the Civil Service Workforce Plan doesn't go far enough

17 February 2017

Most of the challenges the Workforce Plan purports to tackle are ones that Whitehall has bumped up against for decades. Perhaps it's time to start interrogating the civil service's Victorian...

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 ...

Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

Workplace adjustment guide launched as part of drive to build disability confidence

18 January 2017

Civil service disability champion Philip Rutnam says a new best practice guide will help drive up the standards of workplace adjustments across government

Antonia Romeo

Labour: put Antonia Romeo on the Civil Service Board to boost female representation

13 January 2017

Labour calls for opening up of “narrow, closed circle” at the top of Whitehall by including new Department for International Trade chief