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Workplace adjustment guide launched as part of drive to build disability confidence

18 January 2017

Civil service disability champion Philip Rutnam says a new best practice guide will help drive up the standards of workplace adjustments across government

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OBR: Public finances are “on an unsustainable path”

18 January 2017

Government's spending watchdog warns that increases in health spending and pressures of an ageing population mean more budget cuts or tax rises will be needed to balance public finances

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Existing Extended Ministerial Offices to be "dismantled", Cabinet Office confirms

17 January 2017

Minister Ben Gummer says his department is working with the Civil Service Commission to unwind coalition-era reforms – but questions remain over fate of staff already brought into government

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Parliament will get vote on Brexit, says Theresa May

17 January 2017

"No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain," says prime minister in major Chatham House address

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HMRC not going back to private sector for tax credit checks after Concentrix row

17 January 2017

Comes after supplier Concentrix "consistently failed to achieve more than half of its performance targets" during first year of its tax credit checks contract

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Latest civil service & public affairs moves — January 16

16 January 2017

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

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DfE seeks higher education experts in BIS Sheffield "u-turn”

16 January 2017

Recruitment drive looks to replace lost policy officers after former department’s relocation bid

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Treasury and HMRC urged to improve joint working in tax policy shake-up

16 January 2017

More pre-Budget consultation, the creation of a new Cabinet committee, and a tougher stance from Treasury perm secs feature on think tanks' wish list

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As Brexiteers trashed Sir Ivan Rogers' reputation, why did ministers stay silent?

5 January 2017

Many talented civil servants have stepped forward to work on Brexit, says Dave Penman of the FDA union. So why aren't ministers doing more to defend them?

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Why the public sector needs data champions

3 January 2017

Opening up the government's data sets will make public service commissioning more effective as well as helping service users, argues Andrew Weston of charity think tank New Philanthropy...

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Churn at the top of the civil service rewards managers, not leaders

14 November 2016

Short stints in top jobs make firefighting a more rational career plan than pushing for systemic changes – and may make it harder for outsiders to break in

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Why Theresa May's ministers must not forget about digital government

31 October 2016

With the new government focused on Brexit, Theresa May and Philip Hammond have not voiced their support for making government digital – but the potential for savings is huge

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What I learned when I made the leap from Whitehall to Westminster

25 October 2016

Steve O'Neil went from being a civil servant in the Department for Education to helping the Liberal Democrats draw up their 2015 manifesto as the party's deputy head of policy. He tells...

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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Changing the conversation: An interview with Microsoft's Toni Townes-Whitley

10 January 2017

CSW caught up with Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector to discuss transformation in times of austerity, the key to successful major projects and tackling the lack...

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Civil service CEO John Manzoni on 2017, Brexit priorities, and building a "brilliant" organisation

22 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. John Manzoni, chief...

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HMRC chief Jon Thompson on relocation, going digital, and Thin Lizzy at Christmas

21 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Jon Thompson, chief...

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Outgoing Northern Ireland Civil Service head Sir Malcolm McKibbin reviews 2016 and looks ahead to the new year

19 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Sir Malcolm...

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National Archives chief Jeff James on 2017, joining the DCMS family – and what not to buy for Christmas

16 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Jeff James, chief...

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Met Office chief Rob Varley on a new supercomputer, transformation – and a breakfast-free Christmas

15 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Rob Varley, chief...

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Roundtable: What are the secrets of successful government digital transformation?

10 January 2017

Government must do more than just adapt to current processes if it is to make the most of the digital revolution. Colin Marrs reports on a round table, hosted by CSW and Cognizant, where...

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What's the secret behind effective policymaking?

7 November 2016

A new resource from the Centre for Public Impact rates the effectiveness of policy initiatives from around the world. Mark Smulian reports

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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