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MPs launch fresh probe into Universal Credit

23 February 2017

Select committee seeks feedback on payment delays, registration errors, and possible tweaks

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin

Civil servants forced to "play the game" to make career progress, claims ex-minister Oliver Letwin

23 February 2017

Tory former Cabinet Office heavyweight heaps praise on staff at the centre of government – but hits out at civil service churn, the quality of advice, and the skills valued in line departments

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DCLG rapped by stats watchdog over "disappointing" presentation of homelessness figures

23 February 2017

 Statements and press releases gave misleading picture of reduction in homelessness, the UK Statistics Authority finds, because press and policy teams failed to consult with statisticians before publication

The Queen meets female permanent secretaries for a reception at the Queen's Gallery, London - Image: PA

Queen hosts celebration of women in the senior civil service

22 February 2017

Dames Stella Rimington and Ursula Brennan among a group of female leaders who gathered at Buckingham Palace to mark growing number of women joining top ranks of civil service

Former cabinet secretary Lord Butler

Brexit: put deal to a fresh referendum, says former head of the civil service Lord Butler

22 February 2017

Government should not be "opposed to consulting the people on the outcome of the negotiations", argues former cabinet secretary

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DfE's free schools spending doubles as old buildings struggle

22 February 2017

Education department comes in for criticism as audit office report flags increasing free school costs as old buildings fall into disrepair

Treasury permanent secretary Nicholas Macpherson

Former Treasury chief Lord Macpherson: don't leave Brexit to Whitehall's "gifted amateurs"

21 February 2017

Ex-Treasury perm sec challenges David Davis's claims about the civil service's readiness for Brexit, as his former colleague Lord O'Donnell warns of major task presented by Great Repeal Bill

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP urged to trial alternatives to benefit sanctions as MPs warn of limited evidence

21 February 2017

Public Accounts Committee says department still does not fully understand impact of benefit sanctions, and warns their use could have knock-on effects for other areas of government