Policies

Making inroads: DfT perm sec Bernadette Kelly on social mobility, rail franchises and the laser-like attention of No 10

19 June 2018

One year into her permanent secretary job, Kelly tells Tamsin Rutter why transport is the best department, about “racy” jobs in deregulation and infrastructure, and why she shed her Brummie accent...

Amendment to Brexit bill seeks to agree ‘customs arrangement’ with EU

12 June 2018

Government could avoid defeat on customs policy in EU Withdrawal Bill vote but still faces rebellion on amendment to give Parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ on final deal

Estate of play: What’s next for government’s move to the regions?

12 June 2018

A refreshed plan to move civil servants out of London to be published this summer could be a landmark change to how civil servants work. Richard Johnstone looks at what to expect

Heywood announces creation of cross-Whitehall Commonwealth Unit

7 June 2018

Team that delivered the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will continue to exist to support Theresa May as chair in office

Treasury ‘must explain stance’ on new environment watchdog

31 May 2018

MPs demand answers after reports the department favours weaker powers than those currently exercised by the European Commission

MoJ sets out reforms after damning sustainability report

18 May 2018

Department pledges to take more notice of green building certification and increase use of low-emission vehicles

Treasury clarifies NHS boost means no cash left for other departments

19 June 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond told Cabinet ministers health boost was “extraordinary” one-off outside usual spending review process

DExEU denies Parliament will be given final say over Brexit deal

13 June 2018

Confusion over deal offered to rebel MPs by Theresa May to avoid defeat on EU withdrawal legislation

Civil service Brexit prep ‘obstructed by secrecy and indecision of ministers’

11 June 2018

IfG think tank calls for John Manzoni to be SRO of Brexit preparations and DExEU to start handing out permanent contracts

HMRC loses top lawyer to Oxford University

4 June 2018

Gill Aitken announces departure as tax department flags up success in battling online fraudsters

IfG prescribes cross-party inquiry to ‘properly meet’ NHS funding needs

21 June 2018

Think tank says Theresa May’s multi-billion-pound pledges will be unsustainable without a realistic plan for raising the cash

Treasury clarifies NHS boost means no cash left for other departments

19 June 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond told Cabinet ministers health boost was “extraordinary” one-off outside usual spending review process

Making inroads: DfT perm sec Bernadette Kelly on social mobility, rail franchises and the laser-like attention of No 10

19 June 2018

One year into her permanent secretary job, Kelly tells Tamsin Rutter why transport is the best department, about “racy” jobs in deregulation and infrastructure, and why she shed her Brummie accent...

Interview: government digital skills chief on her work to recruit and develop Whitehall tech leaders

13 June 2018

CSW’s sister title PublicTechnology talks to the head of capability for the civil service’s digital, data and technology profession, Holly Ellis, about how the mantra of ‘do things once’ is being...

Latest Love Island arrival is a civil servant

19 June 2018

Department for Education policy advisor reportedly failed to tell Whitehall she was appearing on reality TV show

The NHS needs a full investigation into funding needs – not just a birthday boost

18 June 2018

As Theresa May announces a £20bn investment in the NHS, Bronwen Maddox calls for better planning to avoid the cycles of crisis and emergency funding in health

Decisive ministers, Thatcher's hyacinths and tackling the Treasury bullying culture: lunch with Caroline Slocock

15 June 2018

The first woman to become a private secretary to the prime minister shares her recollections of Thatcher, the Treasury and the Next Steps Unit with Suzannah Brecknell. Photography by Louise...