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  1. October 1, 2014

    Equiniti takes controlling stake in Whitehall pensions body

    A private company has taken a controlling stake in the organisation that administers the UK civil service pension scheme, as...

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 23, 2014

    Anticipating the quantum computing risk

    Last week we attended the SINET conference on cyber-security innovation. One discussion we didn’t get the chance to follow...

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  1. September 15, 2014

    Blame game begins as PM makes his final pitch for No vote

    David Cameron has made a final appeal to Scots to vote No and avoid a “painful divorce” amid claims that he and his inner...

  2. September 8, 2014

    Japan GDP revision raises further doubts on second sales tax rise

    April’s consumption tax rise dealt a heavier blow to Japan’s economy than initially reported, raising further questions over...

  3. September 4, 2014

    Whitehall aims to ban all-male shortlists for senior jobs

    All-male shortlists and selection panels for senior UK civil service jobs will be banned in all but exceptional...

  4. September 3, 2014

    Whitehall’s new boss needs powers

    Britain used to boast that it possessed a “Rolls-Royce” civil service. These days the analogy is more likely to be with a...

  5. August 26, 2014

    Timetable slip delivers further blow to UK government IT projects

    Sweeping plans for Whitehall departments to share back-office services are running behind schedule in the latest blow to the...

  6. August 25, 2014

    Business big hitters are wary of Whitehall

    If you are a business leader and you yearn to spearhead reforms to British bureaucracy, you have until the end of next week...

  7. August 18, 2014

    UK business chiefs turn down new Whitehall post

    Whitehall is struggling to recruit its first chief executive, with several business leaders having turned down approaches...

  8. FT Alphaville

    August 6, 2014

    How resilient is Japan to the higher consumption tax?

    Japan raised its consumption tax rate by 3 percentage points back in April. Unsurprisingly, spending jumped in the few...

  9. August 6, 2014

    Senior civil servant Stephen Kelly to head Sage

    One of the leaders of a drive to bring business-style efficiency into the British civil service has stepped down, sparking...

  10. July 28, 2014

    Whitehall chief must have private sector background, says advert

    The person appointed as Whitehall’s first “chief executive” must have a boardroom background and could be paid more than the...

  11. July 22, 2014

    Thousands more public jobs to be spun off in drive to shrink the state

    Ministers are pressing ahead with plans to shift thousands more public sector workers in health, central government and...

  12. July 22, 2014

    Francis Maude accused by Labour of ‘bashing’ civil service

    Civil service bashing has led to the worst crisis in Whitehall morale in living memory, according to Labour, which attacked...

  13. July 18, 2014

    Conservatives to toughen rules for strike ballots

    The Conservatives are to go ahead with a manifesto proposal to impose a 50 per cent turnout threshold for any strike ballot...

  14. July 15, 2014

    Companies House moves to transparency by making digital data free

    Companies House is to make all its digital data available free of charge from next spring, which the government says will...

  15. July 10, 2014

    Tories eye strike ballot reform as public workers walk out

    Ministers claimed fewer than half a million public sector workers took part in a one-day strike on Thursday, while union...

  16. July 9, 2014

    UK public sector workers set to strike over cuts

    Hundreds of thousands of council workers, teachers, civil servants and firefighters will walk out on Thursday in one of the...

  17. June 26, 2014

    MI6 chief Sir John Sawers to retire

    Sir John Sawers, the head of MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, is to step down from his post in November at the...

  18. June 19, 2014

    Ministers blast ‘shambolic’ IT overhaul

    A Whitehall initiative to loosen the hold of big business on government contracts has come under fire from cabinet...

  19. June 17, 2014

    GCHQ to pass data to companies to fight cyber spies

    GCHQ, Britain’s electronic spy agency, is to begin regular, bulk sharing of classified intelligence material with some of...

  20. June 13, 2014

    Whitehall saves taxpayers £1bn by shrinking estate

    The shrinking of the state has become a rallying cry for those who believe the government must change the way it works in an...

  21. Nick Butler

    June 12, 2014

    Re-engage with Iraq, do not retreat

    By common agreement the situation in Iraq is dangerous and deteriorating. By similar common agreement there is no appetite...

  22. June 11, 2014

    City scandals prompt review of UK anti-bribery standards

    Downing Street has ordered a wide-ranging review of the UK’s ability to tackle bribery and white-collar crime amid concern...

  23. June 10, 2014

    UK government saves £14bn through efficiency measures

    More than £14bn was saved for the public purse in 2013/14 through measures such as improving commercial contracts and...

  24. June 9, 2014

    Government contract bidders respond to tax outcry, survey finds

    No businesses have been excluded from bidding for central government contracts in the wake of new rules requiring them to...

  25. May 25, 2014

    1 in 5 suppliers fail to respond to ministers’ tax questions

    About one in five leading public sector suppliers have failed to respond to a government request for information about their...

  26. May 23, 2014

    UK Whitehall projects worth £500bn at risk of failure

    Successful delivery of about one in five government projects, including new aircraft carriers and the HS2 high-speed rail...

  27. May 7, 2014

    Health department says new care fund is ‘on track’

    The Department of Health has insisted plans for a fund to deliver more care in the community are on track, despite reports...

  28. April 30, 2014

    Johnson is no born leader – but London turned him into one

    There is next to no doubt that Boris Johnson will run for parliament at next May’s general election. Some in the Labour...

  29. April 29, 2014

    State-industry forum targets cyber crime

    Cyber crime is about breaching security and stealing secrets. But persuading potential victims to open up and share their...

  30. April 24, 2014

    Coalition seeks long-term energy deal worth about £300m

    Electricity generators are being invited to bid for a long-term contract worth about £300m to supply energy to the...

  31. April 20, 2014

    Maude gets US inspiration for ‘Silicon civil service’

    Francis Maude has called for the creation of a “silicon civil service”, recreating British bureaucracy in the image of...

  32. April 17, 2014

    MPs throw support behind UK census

    The census is of fundamental importance to policy and society and the government should abandon any ideas of scrapping it,...

  33. March 29, 2014

    Terms unveiled for review into union dispute tactics

    Ministers have announced revised terms for a much-delayed and heavily diluted inquiry into alleged union intimidation in...

  34. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2014

    What has happened to David Cameron’s review into “trade union tactics”?

    The massive industrial dispute at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland last autumn prompted David Cameron to launch an inquiry...

  35. March 3, 2014

    Ian Tyler appointed as G4S ‘minder’

    The government has appointed a senior “minder” from the business world to oversee G4S, the distressed outsourcing company,...

  36. February 18, 2014

    Civil servants’ contract skills ‘lacking’

    Nearly three years since David Cameron called civil servants the “enemies of enterprise”, British business says the...

  37. February 18, 2014

    Flood claims cannot be rushed, say insurers

    Insurers have hit back at Ed Miliband after the Labour leader called on the industry to make payments to flood victims...

  38. February 17, 2014

    Insurers reassign staff to deal with flood queries

    Insurers have reassigned 1,800 staff to deal with a rush of customer queries about the recent floods, the industry announced...

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