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The Troubled Families team was a rare winner in the spending review. Richard Welbirg learns how they’ll spend it
The Social Value Act came into force at the start of this year, requiring public bodies to consider using procurement to produce wider benefits. Winnie Agbonlahor reports on a round table held to discuss the new law’s implications.
Aeronautics are a good example of a new form of partnership between government and industry. Suzannah Brecknell looks at the levers which can enable Whitehall and business to effectively work togeth
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) should retain its current structure because it responded swiftly and retained public trust after the discovery in January that horsemeat was appearing in frozen food products sold as beef, the organisation’s chief executive, Catherine Brown, has told Civil Service World.
The Cabinet Office has created a joint venture company to commercialise government’s portfolio of ‘Best Management Practice’ training tools and services.
For years, governments have run pilots exploring ways to improve local autonomy and coordination between services at the sharp end. Winnie Agbonlahor reports on the latest results – and the prospects for radical change
The transport department's Community Rail Ambassador Project won the Understanding and Engaging with Communities award in the Diversity and Equality Awards for their work encouraging disadvantaged groups to make better use of rail travel. Civil Service World finds out more
The Department for Communities and Local Government must do more to ensure the success of a £1.3 billion scheme aimed at boosting home building, the National Audit Office (NAO) warned today.
The Northern Ireland Executive has 12 departments – far more than the Scottish or Welsh Governments. Joshua Chambers examines the emerging plans to cut their number, and considers their chances
Since Derek Jones began working on Welsh governance, the country’s administration has largely shifted from London to Cardiff. And now more devolution is on the way, Wales’s new perm sec tells Suzannah Brecknell
Four areas piloting ‘Whole Place’ community budgets will produce estimated public spending savings of over £200 million a year between them over the next five years.
A nurse caring for patients in the community warns that fast-growing workloads are ratcheting up the pressure on her hard-pressed team. Winnie Agbonlahor reports.
The business department’s permanent secretary Martin Donnelly tells Suzannah Brecknell how his department is working to bring businesses and government together, creating strategies designed to kick start Britain's economic growth
The chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Sir Christopher Kelly, has warned in an article written for Civil Service World that new ways of providing services – including academies, clinical commissioning groups, and increasing delivery by the private and voluntary sectors – will place extra pressures on ethics in public service delivery.
Less than a tenth of civil servants questioned by CSW believe the current model of financing trading funds is the best way to realise the coalition’s open data goals.
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The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and the Institute for Government (IfG) are entering into a partnership to build links between civil servants and the frontline workers who deliver services to vulnerable people.
A gathering of civil service chiefs from around the world has identified a need for western governments to strengthen their horizon-scanning and strategic planning capabilities, with former cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell calling for the UK to commission think tanks to develop policy on some of the long-term issues that it’s “difficult” for governments to tackle.
Breaking the cycle of welfare dependence is a complex task. Approaching the issue in a more scientific manner can pay dividends, the Department for Work and Pensions’ social justice director explains to Joshua Chambers
The Olympics Secretariat brought together reps from about 20 government bodies, forming a single team to manage the Games. Tim Fish investigates the complex team established to manage a very complex project.
Immediately after the election, the government blamed the top-down targets of the regional spatial strategies (RSS) for concreting over the countryside and creating unwanted development. Now we’re told that the planning system must get off people’s backs if the economy is to grow.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has accused the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) of failing to deliver on job creation, allocating money too slowly through restrictive channels despite the need to act quickly to support the creation of private sector jobs.
Government agency NS&I is hoping to become a provider of services for other departments under the next phase of the government’s shared services programme, an NS&I manager has said.