Analysis & Opinion
The coalition government beefed up the role of departmental non-executives, and have encouraged talented people into the posts. But many gave found the roles frustrating and there is room to strengthen their contribution
The former DWP perm sec despairs at the speed of ministerial churn, but argues that there is a...
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Public sector pay has been in the headlines, but there’s a lack of innovative thinking on changing the reward package across government. It’s time to try more radical solution
If Whitehall pushes ahead with plans to move civil servants around the country, it must conduct proper impact evaluations
Civil servants are increasingly working overtime and face being continually on call for major emergencies. Whitehall staff need uninterrupted breaks to recharge their batteries – even if that means leaving some summer emails unanswered
New research by the Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF), Association of Chief Executives (ACE) and Institute for Government (IfG) highlights the need for greater consistency, strategic collaboration, transparency, and better cross-government working to improve partnerships between arm’s-length bodies (ALBs) and government departments. Here’s what can be done.
A new international league table shows where the civil service is world classed – and where Whitehall is lagging behind. Sharing of practice can help tackle shared problems
Minority governments evoke fear of chaos, but there may be an upside to the uncertainty, says IfG’s constitutional change expert
Policies without adequate funds for implementation are little more than hot air, says the FDA general secretary
Civil servants fear uncertainty and, these days, a lack of direction is a real challenge for government, says Andrew Greenway
Established as Theresa May came to power, the international trade department has spent the last year supporting business and laying the groundwork for future trade deals, argues its permanent secretary
Robin Butler was at the heart of some of No. 10’s greatest crises. But Sue Cameron says a new biography doesn’t always capture the drama
If Theresa May wants to inspire confidence after a bruising election campaign, she should embrace openness and accountability
The Education permanent secretary sheds light on how his department is trying to tackle the problem of women being paid less than men