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Northern Ireland: what happens now after power-sharing talks fail

27 March 2017

The political parties in Northern Ireland have failed to reach an agreement to form a new power-sharing Executive following the elections this month. The consequences could include the re-introduction of direct rule from Westminster

Social care funding: a crisis deferred?

23 March 2017

Expanding a government policy that allows people to use the value of their home to pay for social care without having to sell the property could unlock money at a time of growing demand

How to manage workplace grievances in Whitehall

22 March 2017

Industrial tribunals are set to become more high profile this year, which could represent a reputational risk to departments, but there are a number of steps managers can take

Cracking the code: getting the relationship between departments and arm’s-length bodies right

16 March 2017

Research by the Public Chairs’ Forum (PCF), Association of Chief Executives (ACE) and Institute for Government (IfG) is to review the impact of the Code of Good Practice for partnerships between departments and arm’s-length bodies (ALBs).

It's time to get spending reviews out into the open

14 March 2017

The latest round of efficiency savings demanded by the Treasury will set civil servants off on a merry dance. Given the official hours devoted to such reviews, is it time for rethink?

Apprenticeships Guide 2017

13 March 2017

Find out more about work to expand apprenticeships in Whitehall and beyond

Leigh Lewis: We need a better early warning system to flag up short-sighted spending cuts

10 March 2017

We shouldn't have to wait until the wheels fall off to find that cuts to services have gone way beyond any sustainable level, argues the former DWP permanent secretary

Why civil service leaders need to take workplace stress seriously

9 March 2017

Departmental chiefs must work to create an environment that’s good for body and mind

What can civil servants expect from Michael Barber's Whitehall efficiency review?

8 March 2017

The Treasury announced this week that Sir Michael Barber – former head of the Blair-era Prime Minister's Delivery Unit – will be heading up the latest in a long line of reviews of civil service efficiency. Adrian Brown, who has worked closely with Barber, spells out what Whitehall can expect.

Why the UK needs a better process for appointing national security advisers

3 March 2017

With the appointment of Mark Sedwill, Britain is now on its fourth national security adviser since 2010. Dr Joe Devanny asks whether such churn at the top really makes for effective government

Oliver Letwin's attacks on civil servants show an ex-minister divorced from the reality of what they do

2 March 2017

FDA general secretary Dave Penman takes the former Cabinet Office minister to task after he said civil servants in line departments rely too heavily on jargon and management skills to get by