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Why it's time to transform the relationships between departments and arm's-length bodies

27 February 2017

Lesley Ann Nash, the Cabinet Office's director for public bodies reform, explains how the government's new code is aiming to shift relationships between departments and arm’s-length bodies away from compliance and control towards a proportionate, risk-based partnership model

Greg Hobbs: How the civil service's Fast Track apprenticeship scheme is opening doors

22 February 2017

As the civil service Fast Track apprenticeship programme opens for a new round of applications, the Cabinet Office's deputy director of early talent Greg Hobbs explains how the scheme can offer a springboard into a variety of government careers – and introduces two apprentices who've benefited from it

Why the Civil Service Workforce Plan doesn't go far enough

17 February 2017

Most of the challenges the Workforce Plan purports to tackle are ones that Whitehall has bumped up against for decades. Perhaps it's time to start interrogating the civil service's Victorian structures – rather than simply adding layers of reform on top, argues Andrew Greenway

FDA chief Dave Penman: Lessons from Trump’s America

16 February 2017

The US is giving us an ongoing education in the importance of an impartial civil service, argues the FDA union's general secretary 

Risky business: what's it like being the Government Actuary?

14 February 2017

From pensions to student loans, actuaries play a vital role in analysis risk right across government. Here, the government actuary explains his work

Tom Gash of the Institute for Government: An end to bungled private sector deals?

10 February 2017

Proper management of outsourced services is the only way to avoid the contracting fiascos of recent years, argues the IfG's Tom Gash

Automation could free up talented public servants to focus on what they do best

6 February 2017

Automation will need to be handled with sensitivity by managers – but any upgrade in public services must start with the workforce, argues Alexander Hitchcock of the Reform think tank

Trump inauguration: presidential transitions and intra-administration tensions

20 January 2017

As Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, Kings College London research fellow Joe Devanny looks at the tensions that arise between administrations and considers parallels with Whitehall

Former DWP perm sec Sir Leigh Lewis on how to reduce sickness absence in the civil service

20 January 2017

Reducing sickness absence is a vital task for leaders, and it must start with some difficult conversations if real progress is to be made 

Why the localism agenda in public services is failing to get off the ground

19 January 2017

Worrying projections about our “unsustainable” public finances mean the rhetoric around decentralisation must now become a reality

The big stink that ended a Fresh Start: what the Northern Ireland crisis means for its civil service

18 January 2017

With a snap election looming after the Northern Ireland executive was brought down by a scandal over renewable heat incentives,  Alan Bermingham explores the governance and public finance implications of the Stormont crisis 

Jill Rutter: Why we need a fresh approach to tax policymaking

16 January 2017

Having cut the calendar of major fiscal events from two a year to just one, chancellor Philip Hammond must now use his extra time and energy to add some grit to the tax policymaking process