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‘A bit of imagination can lead to mutually beneficial outcomes’: A civil servant’s guide to working with trade associations

29 November 2017

When facing a policy puzzle, civil servants shouldn’t see trade associations as adversaries. As former trade body chair Sir Mark Boleat explains, they can be a useful resource for the savvy...

Crown Commercial Service chief Malcolm Harrison on rebooting Whitehall’s procurement savings drive

28 November 2017

After a shaky start, the Crown Commercial Service is changing the way it works with departments in a bid to improve the government’s buying habits. But chief executive Malcolm Harrison tells...

Social Security Advisory Committee chair Paul Gray on its unique role and how Whitehall can learn from history

22 November 2017

The former second perm sec in the Department for Work and Pensions-turned benefits advisor has been both poacher and gamekeeper in Whitehall. He shares the lessons from both sides of the fence,...

In search of the 'SIB effect': government's grand plans for Social Impact Bonds

20 November 2017

Alina Sellman, head of the Centre for Social Impact Bonds, tells Geoffrey Lyons about the these outcomes-focused contracts and why critics ought to give them a chance

Interview: Whitehall tech pioneer Tony Singleton on two decades at the forefront of digital government

15 November 2017

After calling time on a long civil-service career earlier this year, the former Directgov and GDS leader discusses how digital government has evolved during the 20 years he spent as one of its...

Breaking down barriers: how Whitehall can make better use of technology

10 November 2017

Civil Service World brought together a panel of digital leaders to assess how government can make better use of the technology at its disposal to drive innovation in public service...

Five ways to build a more capable policy profession

30 October 2017

Tina Seth and Tony Shaw argue that we must invest in our policymakers, and offer lessons emerging from a cross-government forum on policy skills

Safety in numbers: how data can keep us all safe

17 October 2017

Civil Service World brought together a panel of data experts from across the civil service to look at ways of increasing public safety through the better use of data. Mark Rowe reports...

Civil service people chief Rupert McNeil on diversity, the pay cap, and why Whitehall needs a 'Casualty' not a 'Yes Minister' image

16 October 2017

After 21 months in government, Rupert McNeil, chief people officer and head of civil service HR, tells Tamsin Rutter about the importance of inclusive leadership and that the future of work is...

Loading BEIS: how a government department is created

12 October 2017

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was created in July 2016 as part of changes announced when Theresa May became prime minister. Civil Service World met Angie...