Policies

Philip Hammond

OBR: Public finances are “on an unsustainable path”

18 January 2017

Government's spending watchdog warns that increases in health spending and pressures of an ageing population mean more budget cuts or tax rises will be needed to balance public finances

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What can the UK civil service learn from other countries' policy innovations?

17 January 2017

Joshua Chambers has travelled the world meeting government innovators. Here, he shares some of their secrets.

Tax return by Dave Crosby

Jill Rutter: Why we need a fresh approach to tax policymaking

16 January 2017

Having cut the calendar of major fiscal events from two a year to just one, chancellor Philip Hammond must now use his extra time and energy to add some grit to the tax policymaking process

Ordnance Survey (OS) chief executive Nigel Clifford

Ordnance Survey chief Nigel Clifford on his organisation's 2017 plans – and working with Clare Balding

8 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Nigel Clifford,...

Alex Chisholm photographed for CSW by Niklas Hallen

BEIS perm sec Alex Chisholm on merging two departments and his plans for 2017

7 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Permanent secretary...

Clare Moriarty, permanent secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – photographed for CSW by Paul Heartfield

Defra permanent secretary Clare Moriarty on 2016, Brexit – and the joys of the #Defraselfie

2 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top civil servants to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites.Clare...

Theresa May

Parliament will get vote on Brexit, says Theresa May

17 January 2017

"No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain," says prime minister in major Chatham House address

Refugee arrivals

"A long way to go" – Home Office urged to clarify Syria resettlement programme

13 January 2017

Public Accounts Committee warns councils and refugees are confused by responsibilities and entitlements

Derpartment for International Development (DfID) employee at UK aid Disaster Response Center at Kemble Airport

DfID’s under-fire cash transfer scheme delivers “strong value for money”, aid watchdog finds

12 January 2017

Scheme delivers strong value for money and has exceeded targets, Independent Commission for Aid Impact says, but officials could do more to help national governments improve the way cash is...

Prison

Parole Board chief praises staff for cutting outstanding cases backlog

16 December 2016

But Howard League for Penal Reform says continued administrative delays are “simply unacceptable” for prisoners who remain locked up

Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill photographed for CSW by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Home Office perm sec Mark Sedwill on Theresa May's move to Number 10 and making a success of Brexit

15 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Mark Sedwill,...

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders CPS

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders: "I want the CPS to be a place that is committed to supporting our staff"

7 December 2016

With the end of 2016 fast approaching, we asked the UK's top officials to look back at the year, outline their goals for 2017 – and shed some light on their festive favourites. Alison Saunders,...

Rob Behrens

Prospective Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman moots “frontline investment”

18 January 2017

Rob Behrens tells MPs that office relocation and merged operations with local government counterpart can fund investment in complaints handlers

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The big stink that has ended a fresh start: what the Northern Ireland crisis means for its civil service

18 January 2017

With a snap election looming after the Northern Ireland executive was brought down by a scandal over renewable heat incentives,  Alan Bermingham explores the governance and public finance...

Theresa May

Parliament will get vote on Brexit, says Theresa May

17 January 2017

"No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain," says prime minister in major Chatham House address

Rob Behrens

Prospective Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman moots “frontline investment”

18 January 2017

Rob Behrens tells MPs that office relocation and merged operations with local government counterpart can fund investment in complaints handlers

An NHS lanyard

Defiant NHS chief rejects government's health service funding claims

12 January 2017

Comments from NHS England chief executive prompt former Treasury permanent secretary Nick Macpherson to warn of a "bottomless pit" on health service funding

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Civil service chief John Manzoni urges change as data revolution ‘comes for government’

18 January 2017

Data analysis must no longer be seen as role for policy professionals, says top civil servant, but as the "life blood of operational decision making"

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Civil service recruitment "must evolve" to woo digital talent, says government adviser

11 January 2017

Whitehall urged to "increase our specialist recruitment capability" by Government Digital Service adviser

Transformation roundtable participants

Roundtable: What are the secrets of successful government digital transformation?

10 January 2017

Government must do more than just adapt to current processes if it is to make the most of the digital revolution. Colin Marrs reports on a round table, hosted by CSW and Cognizant, where...

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Changing the conversation: An interview with Microsoft's Toni Townes-Whitley

10 January 2017

CSW caught up with Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector to discuss transformation in times of austerity, the key to successful major projects and tackling the lack...

Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

Workplace adjustment guide launched as part of drive to build disability confidence

18 January 2017

Civil service disability champion Philip Rutnam says a new best practice guide will help drive up the standards of workplace adjustments across government

Antonia Romeo

Labour: put Antonia Romeo on the Civil Service Board to boost female representation

13 January 2017

Labour calls for opening up of “narrow, closed circle” at the top of Whitehall by including new Department for International Trade chief