Practice

Performance measurement: the history and future of Whitehall’s target culture

23 June 2017

Performance measurement has been a fact of life in the public sector for longer than most people realise.  Colin Talbot traces its past and where it may go next

Civil service employment up for first time in a year

14 June 2017

Small increase in Whitehall headcount reported by ONS, but employment remains almost 150,000 posts below peak set before spending cuts

Poll finds widespread support to end public sector pay cap from across the political spectrum

27 June 2017

Survey finding comes after former civil service chief Lord Kerslake and Number 10 chief of staff Gavin Barwell said the policy cost Conservatives election support

Latest civil service & public affairs moves — June 26

26 June 2017

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

Bright ideas: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

25 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical...

Not picking up the Slack: Whitehall instant messaging clampdown reveals lack of trust in civil servants

23 June 2017

Group chat services can make civil servants more efficient by reducing email overload. If government does not embrace them, it will lose out

Watchdog reopens consultation on MPs’ second jobs

19 June 2017

Committee on Standards in Public Life seeks more views on need for beefed-up rules on outside work, and the potential for conflicts of interest