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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 harm and getting vulnerabilities onto ministerial agendas

Non-executive directors: How useful have they really been?

10 May 2017

Little is known about the contribution of non-executives in Whitehall departments since their role was expanded in 2010. A new study aims to find out how they work

Working in government comms during purdah: What to do in the pre-election period

9 May 2017

The run up to an election creates time to review what Whitehall comms projects have gone well and to learn lessons that can be used with the incoming government

General election 2017: Preparing for day one with a new minister

5 May 2017

Civil servants across Whitehall are preparing day one briefing packs for new ministers. Andrew Greenway recalls it as a dubious honour

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

What happens to the civil servants who survive staff cuts?

28 April 2017

Governments across the world have been reducing the size of their civil service. What impact does this have on the employees who remain?

General election 2017: manifestos and the trouble with a snap vote

24 April 2017

Faced with an unexpected election, political parties will be scrambling to write manifestos – and civil servants will be working to analyse them. Steve O’Neil sets out what to look for

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

Pubs, floods and schools: One civil servant’s experience shadowing an MP

19 April 2017

Insolvency Service investigator Claire Entwistle recounts the impressions and insights she picked up while shadowing Louise Haigh MP