Professions

Theresa May

Sue Cameron: Theresa May needs to stick up for the civil service in the Brexit tug of war

11 January 2017

 As Whitehall comes under attack, Downing Street needs to lead from the front, argues Sue Cameron

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"Enemies of the people"? It's not Whitehall's job to carry out simplistic commands without question

9 January 2017

The recent attacks on the civil service paint it as being incapable of making Brexit work. But senior officials are increasingly alarmed that the government is forcing them into...

 David Cameron and Ivan Rogers

As Brexiteers trashed Sir Ivan Rogers' reputation, why did ministers stay silent?

5 January 2017

Many talented civil servants have stepped forward to work on Brexit, says Dave Penman of the FDA union. So why aren't ministers doing more to defend them?

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HMRC not going back to private sector for tax credit checks after Concentrix row

17 January 2017

Comes after supplier Concentrix "consistently failed to achieve more than half of its performance targets" during first year of its tax credit checks contract

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

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...

HR

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

Budget - Gladstone's red box

Existing Extended Ministerial Offices to be "dismantled", Cabinet Office confirms

17 January 2017

Minister Ben Gummer says his department is working with the Civil Service Commission to unwind coalition-era reforms – but questions remain over fate of staff already brought into government

IT

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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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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.

Treasury committee chair Andrew Tyrie

HMRC told to slow "over-ambitious" digital plans

16 January 2017

Treasury Committee, chaired by Andrew Tyrie (pictured), questions tax authority's plans to make businesses keep digital records and produce quarterly updates

Law

Treasury Solicitor Jonathan Jones

Treasury Solicitor Jonathan Jones on 2017 and what Brexit means for the the Government Legal Service

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. Jonathan Jones,...

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,...

UK Supreme Court

Brexit: Supreme Court to hear landmark Article 50 case

5 December 2016

Proceedings set to last for four days, with a ruling due in the new year

David Davis MP

David Davis: Old hands believe civil service can manage Brexit

18 January 2017

Brexit secretary insists claims Whitehall doesn’t have the resourcing to cope with leaving the European Union are driven by officials keen to increase their departmental budgets​

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HMRC not going back to private sector for tax credit checks after Concentrix row

17 January 2017

Comes after supplier Concentrix "consistently failed to achieve more than half of its performance targets" during first year of its tax credit checks contract

BIS Sheffield

DfE seeks higher education experts in BIS Sheffield "u-turn”

16 January 2017

Recruitment drive looks to replace lost policy officers after former department’s relocation bid

Budget - Gladstone's red box

Existing Extended Ministerial Offices to be "dismantled", Cabinet Office confirms

17 January 2017

Minister Ben Gummer says his department is working with the Civil Service Commission to unwind coalition-era reforms – but questions remain over fate of staff already brought into government

Woman holding up a sign saying 'innovation'

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.

Gov.UK mobile, image by GDS Team

Civil servants to get single WiFi service under GDS plans

15 December 2016

New service will allow users that have logged in once to automatically join the WiFi in any government building that runs the service

Plane taking off

DfID "evasive" on blame for St Helena airport "white elephant", say MPs

14 December 2016

Public Accounts Committee says design of new airport for UK overseas territory failed to account for wind shear, and attacks Department for International Development over planning and...

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Cabinet Office did not get departmental buy-in for shared procurement plans, says spending watchdog

13 December 2016

National Audit Office report on Crown Commercial Service blames failure to achieve forecast procurement savings on “overambitious targets, poor planning, inadequate data and lack of buy in”...

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HMRC chiefs say office closure programme will not "fundamentally change" after bruising NAO report

10 January 2017

Internal message to HM Revenue & Customs staff – seen by CSW – acknowledges that its estate overhaul will save less than expected, but dismisses talk of a major rethink as "...

HMRC Croydon Ruskin Square

HMRC office closure plan will cost 22% more than estimated, says spending watchdog

10 January 2017

NAO chief says it is time for the department to “step back and consider” its estates strategy as HMRC acknowledges its plans to close most offices will take longer, cost more, and save...

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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...