Professions

Civil servants forced to "play the game" to make career progress, claims ex-minister Oliver Letwin

23 February 2017

Tory former Cabinet Office heavyweight heaps praise on staff at the centre of government – but hits out at civil service churn, the quality of advice, and the skills valued in line departments

DCLG rapped by stats watchdog over "disappointing" presentation of homelessness figures

23 February 2017

 Statements and press releases gave misleading picture of reduction in homelessness, the UK Statistics Authority finds, because press and policy teams failed to consult with statisticians...

Public Health England told to make better use of value-for-money data

21 April 2017

Review suggests priorities and spending decisions should be “more explicitly informed” by the return they provide on investment

MPs seek end to ‘after the fact’ spending scrutiny

20 April 2017

Commons Procedure Committee demands beefed-up model for examining government's Main Supply Estimates

What legislation might survive the snap election?

19 April 2017

Confirmation of a snap general election leaves major bills and policies in jeopardy

HR

Treasury guidance sets out details of civil service pay cap ‘flexibility’

25 April 2017

Policy for 2017-18 also sets out latest steps taken to end progression pay in Whitehall

MPs want to beef up civil service code to tackle "revolving door"

25 April 2017

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee wants to see the civil service code amended to prevent potential conflicts of interest as government pushes for greater...

Garry Graham: Latest Treasury civil service pay guidance is not fit for purpose

24 April 2017

New pay guidance for the civil service shows why the government must adopt a more sophisticated approach to pay and reward

IT

Sherin Aminossehe interview: Government property chief on desk space, relocating civil servants and land disposal

21 April 2017

An epiphanal moment in Saudi Arabia prompted Sherin Aminossehe to swap life at a major global architecture practice for the civil service, where she now leads the Government Property Unit. She...

Slow recruitment is costing the civil service key skills, say outgoing commissioners

11 April 2017

Outgoing civil service commissioners highlight concerns that pay restrictions are limiting the attractiveness of some posts, while slow recruitment processes stop departments hiring top candidates...

Francis Maude: Senior civil servants ‘tried to undermine reform plan’

7 April 2017

Former Cabinet Office minister says his perception of the civil service went “downhill a lot” during the coalition government

Law

Government prisoner legal aid cuts judged ‘unlawful’ by Court of Appeal

11 April 2017

Rules introduced by ministers to stop legal aid being granted to prisoners in certain situations have been deemed unlawful by the Court of Appeal

Unions welcome ‘landmark ruling’ in Home Office discrimination case

6 April 2017

Supreme Court rules that civil servants do not need to prove disadvantage to bring tribunal cases over assessment system

Donald Tusk rules out Brexit trade talks before 'sufficient progress' on divorce

31 March 2017

Britain must negotiate its divorce from the EU before talks can start on any future relationship, Donald Tusk said today in a major blow for Theresa May.

HMRC ‘woefully ill equipped’ for Concentrix deal, MPs say

6 April 2017

Public Accounts Committee report on outsourced tax credits debacle says agency lacked the commercial capacity for the payment-by-results deal

Troubled Families programme may ditch payment-by-results scheme

5 April 2017

Changes to be judged on how funding can promote sustainability of services and reduce worklessness

Aid outsourcing ‘increasing pressure on DfID civil servants’

4 April 2017

Rise in spending through aid outsourcing has turned DfID into a commissioning department, say MPs

General election 2017: manifestos and the trouble with a snap vote

24 April 2017

Faced with an unexpected election, political parties will be scrambling to write manifestos – and civil servants will be working to analyse them. Steve O’Neil sets out what to look for...

Garry Graham: Latest Treasury civil service pay guidance is not fit for purpose

24 April 2017

New pay guidance for the civil service shows why the government must adopt a more sophisticated approach to pay and reward

Louise Casey to leave government

24 April 2017

Civil servant who led Troubled Families programme to leave Whitehall to take up roles in voluntary sector and academia

Slow recruitment is costing the civil service key skills, say outgoing commissioners

11 April 2017

Outgoing civil service commissioners highlight concerns that pay restrictions are limiting the attractiveness of some posts, while slow recruitment processes stop departments hiring top candidates...

Sherin Aminossehe interview: Government property chief on desk space, relocating civil servants and land disposal

21 April 2017

An epiphanal moment in Saudi Arabia prompted Sherin Aminossehe to swap life at a major global architecture practice for the civil service, where she now leads the Government Property Unit. She...

Slow recruitment is costing the civil service key skills, say outgoing commissioners

11 April 2017

Outgoing civil service commissioners highlight concerns that pay restrictions are limiting the attractiveness of some posts, while slow recruitment processes stop departments hiring top candidates...

Francis Maude: Senior civil servants ‘tried to undermine reform plan’

7 April 2017

Former Cabinet Office minister says his perception of the civil service went “downhill a lot” during the coalition government

UK Statistics Authority chair issues general election warning

25 April 2017
David Norgrove writes to ask parties to make sure their campaign materials don’t mislead the public

DfT’s smart-ticketing rail drive ‘falls short’ of original objectives

20 April 2017

National Audit Office investigation finds £120m-plus spent in south-east has so far led to just one train operator introducing flexible part-time season tickets

Deal agreed to privatise Green Investment Bank

20 April 2017

Move will free the institution from public sector ownership, says minister