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General election 2017: manifestos and the trouble with a snap vote

24 April 2017

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

Dave Penman on life and taxes

24 April 2017

Momentous life events remind us why the last thing we need is politicians playing fast and loose with our public services

Pubs, floods and schools: One civil servant’s experience shadowing an MP

19 April 2017

Insolvency Service investigator Claire Entwistle recounts the impressions and insights she picked up while shadowing Louise Haigh MP

Brexit: learning the lessons from the EU referendum

18 April 2017

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 of authority: Does key civil service decision-making process work?

10 April 2017

Submissions to ministers are integral to how government works, but the system may not lead to the best decisions

Sue Cameron: Learning the lessons from Whitehall history

6 April 2017

 Attempts to boost officials’ understanding of history are laudable, but will they work?

Opinion: Speeding up Whitehall’s digital dashboard

4 April 2017

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

Reality bites: How will the European Union react to Article 50 trigger

3 April 2017

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

Northern Ireland: civil servants step into the void amid uncertainty over devolution

31 March 2017

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

29 March 2017

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