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Kids in school classroom

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

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

Stretched departments struggling to produce evidence for regulatory changes – watchdog

21 February 2017

Regulatory Policy Committee says it is "disappointed" that departments appear to be diverting resources away from providing rigorous assessment of their decisions


DExEU says it may still hire chief scientist after MPs voice fears

20 February 2017

Brexit ministry confirms it is "currently exploring options" to bolster scientific advice available to it

Antonia Romeo

Incoming DIT perm sec Antonia Romeo seeks "exceptional" chief operating officer to bolster top team

20 February 2017

COO, who can expect to earn up to £140,000, set to take a lead on new Brexit-focused department's HR, finance and estates strategy

House of Lords

House of Lords set to debate second reading of Brexit bill

20 February 2017

Ministers brace for parliamentary "ping pong" as peers scrutinise Brexit bill

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest civil service & public affairs moves – February 20

20 February 2017

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

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sign

FCO details costliest embassy operations

20 February 2017

Departmental data release breaks down £583m spend on foreign outposts during 2015-16