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You can’t take the politics out of big projects, but strengthening the National Infrastructure Commission and building the evidence base will lead to wiser decisions
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Faced with an unexpected election, political parties will be scrambling to write manifestos – and civil servants will be working to analyse them. Steve O’Neil sets out what to look for
Momentous life events remind us why the last thing we need is politicians playing fast and loose with our public services
New pay guidance for the civil service shows why the government must adopt a more sophisticated approach to pay and reward
Confirmation of a snap general election leaves major bills and policies in jeopardy
Insolvency Service investigator Claire Entwistle recounts the impressions and insights she picked up while shadowing Louise Haigh MP
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s report on the lessons from the EU referendum raises a number of important issues that deserve further attention.
Submissions to ministers are integral to how government works, but the system may not lead to the best decisions
Attempts to boost officials’ understanding of history are laudable, but will they work?
There are many gains from big data that could be had by government. As much as it can help Whitehall spot new patterns and anomalies, it will also help improve day to management
Now that the government has begun the Article 50 process, the Brexit honeymoon period will be over for Theresa May. Securing a deal which pleases everyone – or indeed anyone – will be virtually impossible
The legal deadline for forming a new Northern Ireland Executive passed without agreement between the parties. This could have important political and legal consequences – and is uncomfortable for civil servants in the province
“Fairness and simplicity tend to be at odds” – reflections from the outgoing head of the Office of Tax Simplification
After six years at the helm of this tiny Whitehall team, John Whiting is standing down. Here he shares his experiences of trying to simplify Britain’s fiendish tax system – and what he’s learnt in the process