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Dave Penman: MPs got very excited about the civil service's Brexit planning – maybe they should brush up on the constitution

11 October 2016

As MPs went round in circles on Chilcot and the EU referendum, the FDA general secretary Dave Penman wondered how Sir Jeremy Heywood maintained his calm, settled demeanour

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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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Theresa May's Great Repeal Bill must not lead to rushed and incoherent legislation

5 October 2016

The prime minister has promised a bill to repatriate EU law to the UK. But, writes George Peretz QC of Monckton Chambers, there is a serious risk that swathes of legislation, drafted in a hurry by overworked civil servants, will be waived through without proper parliamentary scrutiny

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Are you holding yourself back? Tips on how to flex your career from the Environment Agency’s Miranda Kavanagh

4 October 2016

The EA’s gender champion and executive director of evidence shares her thoughts on why switching sectors or retraining is nothing to be afraid of

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Why DfID can't shy away from talking tax with its Whitehall neighbours

3 October 2016

If government were to explore how UK tax policies impact on developing countries, it is entirely possible that it would identify ‘win-win’ situations, says Richard Gledhill of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact

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Civil Service Compensation Scheme: will you be affected by the redundancy shake-up?

27 September 2016

As the Cabinet Office makes its final offer to unions on planned reform of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, CSW's Matt Foster takes a detailed look at the key changes to redundancy terms


Why charities should take a leaf out of the Government Digital Service's book

22 September 2016

Digital technology presents charities with huge opportunities — and GDS has shown the importance of a user-centred approach to digital transformation

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The civil service’s big recruitment shake-up is welcome — but we need to be building leaders

15 September 2016

Bernard Jenkin, the Public Administraton and Constitutional Affairs Committee chairman,  offers his verdict on the recently published Civil Service Workforce Plan

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Jane Dudman: After David Cameron's Cold War with the civil service, Theresa May has a chance to put things right

13 September 2016

As David Cameron announces his departure from parliament, Jane Dudman calls for Theresa May – no stranger to confronting public officials – to take a different tack with the civil service

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The debate over public spending can be baffling – but the principles are very simple

13 September 2016

Civil servants are famed for their analytical skills, but debts, deficits and downturns can still be perplexing concepts. David Tyrrall from the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy offers a handy primer on the basics of national accounting – and busts a few myths on the way