Professions

Flying colours: how DfT rescued 140,000 holidaymakers stranded by Thomas Cook’s collapse

5 February 2020

The collapse of Thomas Cook led to the biggest government repatriation operation since the Second World War. Senior figures in the Department for Transport tell Richard Johnstone how it was done...

Cabinet Office’s Get Ready for Brexit campaign didn’t boost preparedness, says NAO

28 January 2020

Around one third of UK citizens said they had looked at EU exit info, a figure "broadly unchanged” during the campaign, say auditors

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Cabinet secretary ‘voiced security fears' over Rory Bremner’s impersonation of John Major

3 January 2020

Robin Butler suggested impressionist could trick chancellor into revealing budget details amid wave of spoof calls, former Channel 4 boss recalls

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Union seeks Civil Service Pension Scheme judicial review

17 February 2020

High Court move will challenge government’s failure to reduce contributions following firefighters' ruling

Max Hill QC on the year in CPS, their new chief executive and the evolving nature of crime

3 January 2020

As 2020 approaches, senior figures from across government reflect on their highlights and challenges of 2019, look ahead to the next 12 months and share their favourite festive memories

Whitehall reform ‘below the salt territory’ for too many mandarins, says Francis Maude

19 November 2019

Former Cabinet Office minister reflects on forces that oppose change in an exclusive interview with The Civil Service World Podcast