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We haven’t had a coalition government in Westminster since the 1940s – but Scottish civil servants have almost ten years of recent experience in working for a coalition. Joshua Chambers went to Holyrood to pick their brains
The number of data breaches in the NHS has increased in the last year, despite a previous call by the Information Commissioner for the service to tackle security breaches.
This week’s interviewee works in the child protection unit of a city council, and has nine years’ experience as a social worker
The Olympic Games construction project is constantly being scrutinised – not only by the media, but also by large numbers of stakeholders. Joshua Chambers talks to the man under the spotlight: ODA chairman John Armitt
The Tribunals Service has increased productivity while facing an increased workload – and it’s done so without the help of external consultants. Its boss Kevin Sadler tells Joshua Chambers about his in-house efficiency team
The new National Security Council will draw a range of departments into crucial decisions on security. Matt Ross reports on the coalition’s attempt to win cross-government consensus in a complex and unpredictable world.
What does the list of the 172 highest-earning public servants tell us about the upper echelons of government? Suzannah Brecknell reports.
This week’s interviewee is a GP with more than 20 years’ experience as a partner in an urban practice
Martha Lane Fox, the government’s online access tsar, got a shock last week when No 10 axed her planned digital services unit. But she’s already busy trying to catch people’s interest in web access, she tells Anthony Alexander
While civil service salaries come under pressure, the government has announced a bold legislative programme. Joshua Chambers picks out the key bills which will affect officials’ work – including the plans for welfare reform.
The UK's untidy system of public procurement is costing us millions, the NAO's Keith Davis tells Matt Ross; only a radical shake-up will ensure that cash is spent in a way that gets the best possible deal for the public purse.
The Civil Service Benevolent Fund has been helping civil servants for more than 120 years. But its chief executive tells Matt Ross that as demand for its services increases, the organisation is facing a painful resource squeeze.
Following in the footsteps of local government, Whitehall is set to accelerate the outsourcing of services and functions. Stuart Watson monitors progress – and looks for lessons in some major recent outsourcing programmes.
From their standpoint outside government, some of Britain’s top professional bodies talk of the priorities for their colleagues in the civil service – and their fears that the professionalisation agenda will come under pressure in future.
The Civil Service Benevolent Fund has been helping civil servants for more than 120 years. But its chief executive tells Matt Ross that as demand for its services increases, the organisation is facing a painful resource squeeze
With seven years’ experience as a neighbourhood warden, this week’s interviewee now manages a team of wardens in a major English city
After all the talk of electoral reform, the Lib Dems have won a promise of a referendum on AV. Dr Ken Ritchie is distinctly underwhelmed.
The UK’s untidy system of public procurement is costing us millions, the NAO’s Keith Davis tells Matt Ross; only a radical shake-up will ensure that cash is spent in a way that gets the best possible deal for the public purse
No-one now doubts that Britain faces an era of public spending cuts – but we won’t be the first country to have dealt with them. Matthew O’Toole finds some encouraging examples of how other nations have coped in tough times.
Sir Richard Mottram enjoyed a wide-ranging and colourful Whitehall career, though he missed out on the top job. He talks to Matthew O’Toole about a life in the civil service, and gives his views on how best to manage reform
The government’s £220bn procurement spend offers plenty of potential for big savings. But as Emma Clarke finds, if government agencies are to make those savings, they’ll have to start working together much more closely.
This week’s interviewee works for the home ownership branch of a housing association
If the election produces a hung Parliament, civil servants will look to Scotland, which has seen both a coalition and a minority government. Ruth Keeling gets some tips from its permanent secretary, Sir John Elvidge.
For a decade, the devolved administrations have been altering services to suit their own populations. But as Shafik Meghji finds, when services diverge, the resulting cross-border tensions can hit service users.