UK’s shift to top-down politics and a more subservient civil service risks mistakes over Brexit

Written by Jeremy Richardson on 28 February 2018 in Opinion

Jeremy Richardson explains how the British policy-making style has been steadily shifting away from governance and towards government, and why Brexit should usher in a return to the former

Foreign Office first department to announce plastic ban for its global network by 2020

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 28 February 2018 in News

Foreign and Commonwealth Office to remove all avoidable single-use plastics from UK estate by end of year

Department for Transport ‘did not expect anything like’ number of strikes over driver-only trains

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 27 February 2018 in News

Officials outlined changes to rail franchising and told MPs trade unions refused to engage over Govia Thameslink franchise

Former DIT perm sec describes Brexit as ‘swapping a three-course meal for a packet of crisps’

Written by Liz Bates on 27 February 2018 in News

Former international trade permanent secretary Martin Donnelly to give speech undermining Brexit vision of Liam Fox 

Department for Education made ‘avoidable mistakes’ in vetting Toby Young for Office for Students board role

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 27 February 2018 in News

Official watchdog investigation also revealed former universities minister Jo Johnson interfered in recruitment process 

David Lidington to promise “a very big change” to EU withdrawal bill to placate devolved governments

Written by Liam Kirkaldy and Liz Bates on 26 February 2018 in News

Cabinet Office minister to promise vast majority of powers returning from Brussels will start off in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – not Whitehall

Public sector and London-based workers doing most unpaid overtime

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 26 February 2018 in News

Nearly five million employees are work some hours for free, with almost 40% unpaid work done by public servants

Government proposes energy price cap to 2020 as part of Industrial Strategy

Written by Richard Johnstone on 26 February 2018 in News

Cap plan comes after select committee called for government action on “dysfunctional” energy market

Arts and minds: chief Darren Henley on convincing government to invest in Arts Council England

Written by Colin Marrs on 26 February 2018 in Interview

Culture champion Arts Council England has fared better than some organisations dependent on public funds in recent years. But its chief executive is conscious of the need for the body to remain in tune with the nation as a whole, not just a metropolitan elite. Colin Marrs reports

Latest civil service & public affairs moves — February 26

Written by Dods People on 26 February 2018 in News

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People