Watchdog praises DfID on value for money but says aid spending ‘too short term’

Written by Tamsin Rutter and Liz Bates on 20 February 2018 in News

Independent review offers five recommendations to help department deliver aid more effectively

Latest civil service & public affairs moves — February 19

Written by Dods People on 19 February 2018 in News

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

MPs demand prisons inspection investment and transparency boost

Written by Jim Dunton on 16 February 2018 in News

Ministers urged to take personal responsibility for implementing recommendations of HM Prisons Inspectorate in the wake of damming Liverpool report

DWP digital project to manage debts of up to 15 million citizens

Written by Sam Trendall on 16 February 2018 in News

Department plans ‘modernisation’ of its work to collect more than £1bn owed to the government each year

MoJ accused of ‘misleading public’ on prison officer recruitment

Written by Jim Dunton on 16 February 2018 in News

Union says announcement of staffing milestone fails to acknowledge long-term headcount reductions

Northern Ireland civil servants ‘in disarray’ over extent of powers without ministers, court told

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 15 February 2018 in News

As cross-party power-sharing talks collapse, decisions made by senior officials in absence of an executive are challenged in Belfast High Court 

Malcolm Harrison to leave Crown Commercial Service for global procurement association

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 14 February 2018 in News

Chief executive of Whitehall’s central buying unit to move to Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in July

MPs: Home Office ‘running out of time’ to recruit for Brexit

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 14 February 2018 in News

Inquiry by MPs found immigration and border system already understaffed, with problems likely to be compounded by uncertainty over Brexit

A woman’s place: what’s next for gender diversity in the civil service?

Written by Tamsin Rutter on 13 February 2018 in Feature

As government gears up to celebrate the centenary of voting rights for women, Tamsin Rutter catches up with gender champion Melanie Dawes and women’s network co-founder Keela Shackell-Smith on their priorities for 2018

MPs launch inquiry into DfT bidding process after East Coast Mainline franchise failure

Written by Jessica Wilkins on 13 February 2018 in News

Transport Select Committee says failure has wider implications for rail franchising