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10 April 2017

Submissions to ministers are integral to how government works, but the system may not lead to the best decisions

6 April 2017

 Attempts to boost officials’ understanding of history are laudable, but will they work?

4 April 2017

There are many gains from big data that could be had by government. As much as it can help Whitehall spot new patterns and anomalies, it will also help improve day to management

3 April 2017

Now that the government has begun the Article 50 process, the Brexit honeymoon period will be over for Theresa May. Securing a deal which pleases everyone – or indeed anyone – will be virtually impossible

31 March 2017

The legal deadline for forming a new Northern Ireland Executive passed without agreement between the parties. This could have important political and legal consequences – and is uncomfortable for civil servants in the province

29 March 2017

After six years at the helm of this tiny Whitehall team, John Whiting is standing down. Here he shares his experiences of trying to simplify Britain’s fiendish tax system – and what he’s learnt in the process

28 March 2017

In making bids for more powers, many councils have moved outside their comfort zone to craft plans that improve local services. Can the same be said of central government?

28 March 2017

Prospect union's deputy general secretary Garry Graham warns the UK will enter negotiations with "one hand tied behind its back" unless it addresses concerns over civil service capacity and workloads 

27 March 2017

The Crown Marketplace will allow departments to buy a host of goods and services online, streamlining the way that purchases are made

27 March 2017

The political parties in Northern Ireland have failed to reach an agreement to form a new power-sharing Executive following the elections this month. The consequences could include the re-introduction of direct rule from Westminster

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

22 March 2017

Industrial tribunals are set to become more high profile this year, which could represent a reputational risk to departments, but there are a number of steps managers can take