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A suburban GP explains why he thinks the government has broken the NHS up into clinical commissioning groups
Jonathan Ashworth, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, has written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood questioning whether a recent appointment into the civil service was based on "merit, not party political allegiance”.
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“Photography these days is easy”, my friends like to say. “All you need is a good camera and a manual.” It may come as a surprise that these friends of mine are photographers.
Treasury solicitor Sir Paul Jenkins is to retire next March, Civil Service World has learned.
The Government’s lobbying bill could have a “chilling effect on free speech”, according to the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR). In a report published in October, the JCHR called for the Bill to be paused and amended.
Sharon White, currently director general for public services, has been appointed as the second permanent secretary at HM Treasury.
Statisticians’ status across government has dropped, according to Hetan Shah, chief executive of the Royal Statistical Society.
Data is increasingly important for the public sector, but trust in public statistics is falling. Hetan Shah, head of the Royal Statistical Society, talks to Suzannah Brecknell about the importance, and the limits, of statistics
There is a "shortage of project management skills" in the Department for Transport (DfT), according to Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Patient records are the lifeblood of the health service. Joshua Chambers examines the analytics techniques that can improve public health and the operation of the NHS – and the sensitivities around privacy and data protection.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is investigating whether there is enough competition in the public sector IT market.
The government has launched a simplified document classification system, and is introducing a single building pass for all civil servants to make it easier for officials to work together.
The Information Commissioner’s Office is considering whether to re-investigate the Home Office for potentially breaching the Data Protection Act, CSW understands.
Education secretary Michael Gove’s policies are “entirely derived from his own experience,” according to Lord Baker, Margaret Thatcher’s education secretary. He also said that Thatcher’s views on education were “not worth listening to” and that David Cameron is “not that interested in education, frankly”.
A group of King’s College academics have launched a draft code of practice for the appointment and management of government ‘tsars’, arguing that the lack of an existing framework leads to failed appointments and wasted public funds.
The proportion of women in the senior civil service (SCS) has risen in the last year, but government has failed to meet its own target, set in a 2008 diversity strategy, to have 39% women in the SCS by March 2013.
The prime minister should put pressure on all government departments to support community budgets (CBs), Clive Betts, chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, has told Civil Service World.
The government is likely to miss its legally-binding target of ending child poverty by 2020, a report by Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, has warned.
Housing associations should be “championing” the Homes and Communities Agency’s plans to charge them fees to support the HCA’s regulatory functions, its chief executive Andy Rose has told CSW.
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has appointed Kevin Cunnington (pictured below), former global head of online for Vodafone, as its new director general for digital transformation.
Robert Chote, chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, has backed proposals that could see his body scrutinise spending commitments made by parties in the run-up to elections. However, PAC chair Margaret Hodge has questioned the OBR’s independence.