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Moving to the education department brought Jonathan Slater back to a policy area he knows and loves. He speaks to Suzannah Brecknell about his key role in helping the frontline function
Shaped by several high-profile instances where the adviser became the story, the public image of spads is largely negative. But have a few notable characters distorted the reality of those who work behind the scenes? Sebastian Whale investigates
PA Consulting's David Rees writes that while technology is not a complete solution, it can support those most in need
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has already done a great deal of work implementing technology across its operations. But digital chief Alex Fiddes tells Sam Trendall it has even bigger ambitions
The Regulatory Policy Committee exists to ensure departments effectively weigh up the costs, benefits and risks of new regulations. Its interim chair, Stephen Gibson, tells Beckie Smith why it’s important to tell departments what they need to hear – even if it’s not what they want to hear
How has local government reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic? Colin Talbot speaks to Donna Hall, honourary professor at University of Manchester and former local government chief executive, about the response across across England
Proxima argues that supply and demand have been disrupted in short order and not in equal measure across the board, which may lead to price volatility
As he starts a new job as Cabinet Office permanent secretary and civil service chief operating officer, Alex Chisholm talks to Suzannah Brecknell about his priorities for reform across government and what he’s learnt from an eventful stint leading the business department
Mark Russell has been helping government support businesses for nearly two decades. The former head of UK Government Investments tells Richard Johnstone about his civil service baptism of fire in the early 2000s and what the Treasury-owned company will be doing in response to coronavirus
Prof Geoff Mulgan, former head of Tony Blair's Strategy Unit, talks to Colin Talbot about how the UK government put in place risk and resilience systems in the early 2000s – and what has gone wrong since. And how governments can improve things for the future.
Proxima considers some of the steps to restoring supply chains as the world recovers from COVID-19
The NCA is carrying on with its vital work to combat serious and organised crime despite the COVID-19 outbreak. That’s after PA Consulting helped them plan for how to cope in exactly this kind of crisis
How have Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic? Colin Talbot speaks to Prof Leighton Andrews (Wales), Prof Nicola McEwen (Scotland) and Quinton Oliver (NI) to find out, and discuss how relationships between London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast are working
Director general Alison Pritchard says GDS still has a key role to play in building services
Two former directors general – now leadership coaches – share their insights into how civil service leaders are navigating the coronavirus crisis and the opportunities for new ways of working
Shannon Kerrigan of Leidos makes the case for a more integrated approach to delivering "the frictionless border of the future"
A much-anticipated takeover by the Foreign Office of the Department for International Development has yet to materialise – but the appointment of an entirely joint ministerial team has sparked curiosity and concern. Beckie Smith speaks to those in the know about what it could mean