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Civil Service Awards 2016 – full shortlist announced

24 October 2016

Find out which civil servants and departmental teams are in the running for an award

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Beef up departmental boards to police "revolving door", watchdog suggests

24 October 2016

Acoba suggests "senior, independent, board-level oversight" could help ensure compliance with rules governing post-Whitehall careers of former officials and ministers

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Latest civil service & public affairs moves — October 24

24 October 2016

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


Theresa May urged to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in Brexit talks – or risk "a full-blown constitutional crisis"

24 October 2016

Institute for Government warns imposing an England-focused settlement would be “reckless” as prime minister Theresa May prepares to meet devolved nation heads

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Treasury considers killing off Autumn Statements – report

24 October 2016

FT reports that the chancellor wants a tighter focus on the spring Budget to avoid policy gimmicks

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HMRC to bring Concentrix staff in-house after tax credit "fiasco"

21 October 2016

Agency will keep Belfast-based workers on ahead of May 2017 termination of outsourced checks contract

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Stephen Foreshew-Cain becomes latest GDS leaver to join Co-op digital

21 October 2016

Foreshew-Cain, who left Whitehall last month, follows in the footsteps of ex-GDS leader Mike Bracken

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Confirmed: Top digital staff to move away from civil service grade structure

21 October 2016

New director general Kevin Cunnington sets out his "cunning plan" for the Government Digital Service, and outlines plans to create "one national structure" for senior digital staff

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New GDS chief: IT spending controls to become less "adversarial"

21 October 2016

In his first press briefing since taking over at the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington signals his plan for lighter spend controls, a greater national presence – and perhaps a...

Watch: PACAC chair Bernard Jenkin on why we need a civil service inquiry

20 October 2016

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin explains why his committee has launched a new inquiry into the work of the civil service....

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Sue Cameron: It’s early days, but this Brexit lark’s already a goldmine for satirists

17 October 2016

The spirit of Yes, Minister lives on in the UK's bid to disentangle itself from the European Union, writes Sue Cameron

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Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis on the problem with winter fuel payments

12 October 2016

During my many years inside government I met ministers from all parties who, privately, agreed that universal Winter Fuel Payments were a costly and untargeted indulgence which we could...

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Sir Suma Chakrabarti interview – the former MoJ perm sec on flexible working, Brexit – and why Whitehall must "up its game" on diversity

10 October 2016

Sir Suma Chakrabarti did more than most to bring the civil service into the 21st century. Now that he’s president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,...

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Headcount, pay gaps & progress on diversity: 8 things we learned from the latest civil service stats

6 October 2016

As fresh Office for National Statistics data shines a light on headcount, salary and diversity within the civil service, CSW's Jim Dunton analyses the key findings

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Is Whitehall's obsession with business cases getting in the way of delivery?

6 October 2016

Opinion: By dictating the conversation about money, HM Treasury exerts an enormous influence over how Whitehall thinks about answering problems

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Duncan Selbie interview: "We've doubled healthcare spending in the past 20 years, yet the health gap has not closed"

14 October 2016

Public Health England’s many responsibilities range from obesity to global pandemics, but public protection and promoting healthy life choices are at the heart of them all. Mark Leftly does the...

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Interview: Scottish government permanent secretary Leslie Evans – "Where else would you want to be a civil servant than in Scotland at the moment?"

20 September 2016

With the future of the United Kingdom once again in the balance after the vote to quit the European Union, Jess Bowie sits down with Scotland's top official to discuss Brexit, independence – and...

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Interview: Former UK Trade & Investment chief Sir Andrew Cahn – "The lack of Brexit planning was a humiliation for this country"

2 September 2016

The former head of UK Trade and Investment sits down for lunch with CSW's Matt Foster to talk Brexit fallout, life outside Whitehall – and why life begins at 60

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Interview – Paula Sussex, Charity Commission CEO: “We’re looking long and hard at quality and performance"

22 August 2016

Two years into her tenure at the Charity Commission, chief executive Paula Sussex says her organisation is making substantial strides towards turning around some...

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Nick Raynsford interview – "My advice to new ministers? Be serious about the job"

19 August 2016

In eight years as a Labour minister and 22 as an MP, Nick Raynsford learned a thing or two about what works in government. He sits down with CSW’s Matt Foster to talk about his...

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Civil service social mobility: meet the people trying to smash Whitehall's "class ceiling"

11 October 2016

As the civil service tries to put meat on the bones of its social mobility strategy, Matt Foster meets the people trying to make the organisation more welcoming to staff from working...

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“History repeats itself” – ex-Treasury boss Nick Macpherson on why institutional memory matters

30 September 2016

While most departments closed their historical services many years ago, a few are building new ways to bring past expertise to their policy-making. Suzannah Brecknell speaks to key figures...

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A mandarin’s manual? Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis reviews "How to be a Civil Servant"

16 May 2016

Former Department for Work and Pensions permanent secretary Leigh Lewis finds that Martin Stanley’s new book How to be a Civil Servant offers a valuable guide, but not quite the whole picture