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Defra's chief scientist Prof Ian Boyd makes "tough decision" to call it quits

13 March 2017

Longstanding top scientist at the environment department heading for the exit, in move Defra says comes at "natural end" of his fixed term

Liam Fox

Liam Fox tells civil servants not to use "offensive" term "Empire 2.0"

13 March 2017

International trade secretary's warning comes after reports officials in his department were dismissive of Commonwealth trade plan

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest civil service & public affairs moves — March 13

13 March 2017

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

MPs back six-year shutdown of parliament for "Crossrail-style" upgrade

10 March 2017

Public Accounts Committee says economic case is “crystal clear” for both houses to relocate for the duration of a £3.9bn overhaul

Town hall, devolution

Troubled Families: payment-by-results model under review after perverse incentives claim

10 March 2017

DCLG confirms it is also ditching the use of the phrase "turned around" to describe families who have been subject to interventions under the programme

Beefed-up Single Departmental Plans coming in April, as Cabinet Office vows more transparency

9 March 2017

Treasury and Cabinet Office vow to better align much-criticised SDPs with Brexit planning and Whitehall's ongoing £3.5bn efficiency review. But they reject calls to bring the public documents in line with the more detailed internal versions

Liam Fox

DIT hunts for director to "reset" its approach to technology

9 March 2017

Fledgling ministry offers £90,000 a year for senior officer to deliver “single device” for international trade staff to work with