Policies

Whitehall ban on plastic cutlery features in May's 25-year ‘green Brexit’ vision

11 January 2018

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs strategy includes Whitehall ban on “single use” plastic forks, straws and bottles

Gove previews post-Brexit farming vision for Defra

4 January 2018

Environment secretary praises ‘brilliant’ Defra staff but rubbishes bureaucracy and ‘haphazard’ inspection regimes

New Year’s Honours 2018: Current and former Home Office perm secs knighted

2 January 2018

Philip Rutnam and predecessor Mark Sedwill join HMRC’s Edward Troup in list of public servants recognised by the Queen

NAO to investigate ‘reasonableness’ of £39bn Brexit divorce bill by March

11 January 2018

Auditor general Amyas Morse confirms scrutiny plans following request from Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan

Andrew Greenway: What’s in a Whitehall name change?

11 January 2018

The prime minister’s reshuffle gave a number of policy areas increased prominence in the government landscape. But it is not clear what changing a department’s name will achieve

Government rejects call to boost cabinet secretary powers in wake of Iraq

10 January 2018

MPs ‘disappointed’ with government rejection of recommendations for extra safeguards to prevent sidelining of ministers in key decisions 

Sick day count increases at Cabinet Office

19 January 2018

New data shows dip in proportion of staff who went 12 months without taking time off because of ill health

ONS calls on departments to help identify gaps in data on inequality

18 January 2018

Official statistics body launches audit of inequalities data and signals desire to work closely with rest of government and civil society

Reshuffle: Chloe Smith returns to Cabinet Office and ex-Cameron spad gets ministerial post

10 January 2018

Entire ministerial team at the central Whitehall department changes as Theresa May completes wide-ranging government reshuffle

Where do ex-civil servants go when they leave government?

17 January 2018

Though some politicians dismiss civil servants’ ability to get jobs “in the real world”, moving between sectors is more and more common. Tamsin Rutter takes a look at the data to find...

GDS offers £118k in search for leader of newly created digital Brexit team

17 January 2018

New deputy director will lead centralised team helping Whitehall manage the digital implications of leaving the EU while maintaining longer-term transformation goals

What does good Whitehall leadership look like in 2018?

18 January 2018
Turbulent times require great leaders – but what does that mean for a modern civil service? Kit Collingwood-Richardson reflects on what she’s learned about...

Where do ex-civil servants go when they leave government?

17 January 2018

Though some politicians dismiss civil servants’ ability to get jobs “in the real world”, moving between sectors is more and more common. Tamsin Rutter takes a look at the data to find...

Heywood: Civil service staff churn exacerbated by 1% pay cap

16 January 2018

Cabinet secretary tells MPs Whitehall is looking at ways to reward civil servants who stay in their jobs for longer

What does good Whitehall leadership look like in 2018?

18 January 2018
Turbulent times require great leaders – but what does that mean for a modern civil service? Kit Collingwood-Richardson reflects on what she’s learned about...

Where do ex-civil servants go when they leave government?

17 January 2018

Though some politicians dismiss civil servants’ ability to get jobs “in the real world”, moving between sectors is more and more common. Tamsin Rutter takes a look at the data to find...