Practice

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 ...

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP urged to trial alternatives to benefit sanctions as MPs warn of limited evidence

21 February 2017

Public Accounts Committee says department still does not fully understand impact of benefit sanctions, and warns their use could have knock-on effects for other areas of government

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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

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FCO details costliest embassy operations

20 February 2017

Departmental data release breaks down £583m spend on foreign outposts during 2015-16

Cabinet Office

New Cabinet Office code seeks to build "trust and respect" between departments and agencies

24 February 2017

Civil service chief John Manzoni says good relationships between departments and their agencies are built on "trust, clarity of accountability" and a "shared understanding of purpose and outcomes...

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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...

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Treasury seeks £125,000-a-year corporate finance expert to help with "unpopular decisions"

14 February 2017

UK Government Investments – which leads on the management and privatisation of state assets – seeks new director

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DCLG rapped by stats watchdog over "disappointing" presentation of homelessness figures

23 February 2017

 Statements and press releases gave misleading picture of reduction in homelessness, the UK Statistics Authority finds, because press and policy teams failed to consult with statisticians...