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Perm secs round-up 2016: Britain's top civil servants review the year and look ahead to 2017

1 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. This list will be updated throughout December, so check back regularly!

Is greater professional autonomy the secret to a happy civil service?

29 November 2016

Whitehall's annual people survey provides a moment of catharsis – but, Jane Dudman wonders, is it asking the wrong questions?

Ian Watmore: Got a question for the Civil Service Commission?

21 November 2016

Newly-appointed first civil service commissioner Ian Watmore on why the Civil Service Code matters – and how you can put your questions to his team

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

FDA chief Dave Penman: Why it was important to strike a deal over the Civil Service Compensation Scheme

8 November 2016

Reaching an agreement on thorny issues like redundancy pay is never easy – but it’s always better than the alternative

Why we need a more grown-up relationship between departments and their arm's length bodies

8 November 2016

The drive to achieve greater consistency in the relationships between departments and ALBs is welcome, says Chris Banks of the Public Chairs' Forum – but it's time to move away from the "parent-child" model

Civil service social mobility: the uncomfortable truths the Fast Stream still needs to confront

7 November 2016

As an organisation, we seem content to recruit from among the ranks of the poor and those of humble origin – but less content with placing them in important positions

Lesley Hume: Why we’re building a government Counter Fraud Profession

4 November 2016

Cabinet Office executive director Lesley Hume reflects on the need for a Government Counter Fraud Profession to recognise the work of people in the field and increase the government’s ability to identify and deal with fraud

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

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 CSW what he learned on the journey – and why he believes good policymaking requires both public consent and rigorous planning

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. Click here for a full report on his speech to the Institute for Government

Dame Julie Mellor: The DVLA must deal with the serious public service failures uncovered in our report

20 October 2016

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor calls for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to take urgent action, after a report by the watchdog finds that the DVLA has wrongly denied people with certain medical conditions and disabilities the right to drive