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Driving a culture of collaboration in the civil service

22 August 2016

How can Whitehall departments be persuaded to collaborate more effectively to achieve greater efficiency and savings? Mark Smulian reports on a round table discussion of the issue sponsored by CGI at Civil Service Live and led by the Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Richard Heaton

What’s the civil service doing to nurture black and minority ethnic leaders?

22 August 2016

Whitehall can do more to boost the representation of BAME staff in its top ranks – but, says Angela Seesurrun of Civil Service Resourcing, there are already signs of positive change

Devolving power from Whitehall should be a big opportunity for charities. So why are they worried?

10 August 2016

The voluntary sector should be well placed to help deliver services in the devolution era. But, as Patrick Murray of charity think tank the New Philanthrophy Capital writes, many fear that fragmentation of services and opaque contracting arrangements could shut them out

HMRC's former comms chief Simon MacDowall: Don't obsess about the Westminster Village – citizens want well-run services

5 August 2016

Simon MacDowall, a former communicationss director in three departments, argues that true success lies not in spinning media lines but in putting citizens’ needs first

Ignore the doom-mongers. The Government Digital Service is evolving, not retreating

4 August 2016

The GDS's new leader Kevin Cunnington now has the opportunity to complete the cultural shift from confrontation to collaboration with departments, says digital inclusion specialist Matthew Trimming​

Trust in business is low – but consulting has a special role to play in post-Brexit Britain

3 August 2016

The referendum campaign revealed the gap that has opened up between businesses and their consumers – so it's vital that the consulting industry shows it can be trusted

The Government Digital Service shake-up is a victory for senior officials at the expense of citizens

2 August 2016

The big leadership changes in government digital seem like a triumph for those who believe a government organised along Victorian lines is still fit for fixing today’s problems, argues former senior civil servant Andrew Greenway

In the tense aftermath of the Brexit vote, it's the job of all public bodies to take on hate crime and prejudice

29 July 2016

Prejudice and discrimination can rise at a time of heightened insecurity, says Dr Marc Verlot of the Equality and Human Rights Commission – and it's not just the job of the police to tackle it

Here's why the scrapping of DECC could actually be good for climate change policy

29 July 2016

Climate sceptics were jubilant when Theresa May announced the end of a dedicated climate change department. But, as Professor Sam Fankhauser of the Grantham Research Institute argues, bringing together the teams working to cut carbon with those drawing up industrial policy could be a smart move 

Civil service whistleblowing: despite positive steps, there's a way to go to ensure officials feel able to speak out

28 July 2016

While steps to improve data on whistleblowing are welcome, civil servants need more reassurance that they won't be penalised for challenging wrongdoing, says Tom Casey of the independent whistleblowing charity​ Public Concern At Work

DWP's Jobcentres could do much more to ensure people stay in work

28 July 2016

Jobcentres have won praise for getting people into work at a time of economic crisis. But ensuring they're fit for the digital age will need ministerial resolve as well as technical know-how, argues William Mosseri-Marlio of the Reform think tank

Drones, leadership churn – and John Major-era submarines: 8 things we learned about the government's Major Projects Portfolio

27 July 2016

Earlier this month, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority published its annual report shedding light on the government’s largest and most complex projects. Alongside details on budget and timelines, each project is given a red, amber or green rating to indicate how likely it is to deliver expected benefits. Suzannah Brecknell takes a look at some of the key findings