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"The glue binding departments together" – ten things you may not know about the Cabinet Office

1 March 2017

The Cabinet Office has been at the heart of government for the past 100 years – yet it remains shrouded in mystery. Historian Sir Anthony Seldon – author of new book The Cabinet Office...

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Passport to equality: Making the civil service more disabled-friendly

16 February 2017

The civil service has set its sights on being the UK’s most inclusive employer. Mark Smulian reports on efforts to make that vision a reality for disabled staff, and hears personal stories about...

Former Defra perm sec Bronwyn Hill

Bronwyn Hill interview: the former Defra chief on Brexit, nuclear and the day Owen Paterson made a splash

15 February 2017

Once credited as the woman who “smashed Whitehall’s glass ceiling”, Bronwyn Hill spent four years as Defra permanent secretary until she stepped down in 2015. She tells Sam Macrory about her new...

Former Welsh government Permanent secretary Sir Derek Jones

Exit interview: Sir Derek Jones on a "quiet revolution" and his stint as the Welsh government's top civil servant

14 February 2017

Just before he stepped down as permanent secretary of the Welsh Government, Sir Derek Jones told CSW's Suzannah Brecknell why, despite the challenges ahead, civil servants should be...

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Special report: How the new Government Property Agency is aiming to revolutionise the civil service estate

7 February 2017

Later this year, ownership of much of the government estate will be passed to a new Government Property Agency – with departments charged market-level rent for their offices in a bid to drive...

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The five things all civil servants wish for

31 January 2017

If you had one wish for your work, what would it be? Alex Starritt asked officials from across the UK and around the world that very question. Their answers were strikingly similar...

Sir Jeremy Heywood photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Sir Jeremy Heywood interview: the head of the UK civil service on a "very intense" few months

30 January 2017

Five years into his job as the UK's top official, Sir Jeremy Heywood faces his greatest challenge yet – ensuring the civil service he leads is ready for the mammoth task of leaving the European...

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What's it really like being a government speechwriter?

27 January 2017

Words don’t come easily to everyone, but speechwriters have a head start. Department for Work and Pensions wordsmith James Doughty shares some trade secrets

Ministry of Defence permanent secretary Stephen Lovegrove photographed by CSW by Paul Heartfield

Interview: MoD permanent secretary Stephen Lovegrove on NATO, Brexit and the future of his department

25 January 2017

The map of Whitehall has changed considerably in the months since Stephen Lovegrove left the Department of Energy and Climate Change to become Ministry of Defence perm sec. He tells Colin Marrs...

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Special report: What's the state of sickness absence in the civil service?

23 January 2017

Civil service leaders have long tried to cut sickness absence rates among their staff. But, asks Suzannah Brecknell, are they looking at the full picture?