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    1. March 24, 2015

      Outsourcer calls for independent watchdog in transparency drive

      One of the world’s biggest outsourcing companies has urged the UK government to set up an independent regulator to monitor...

    2. March 23, 2015

      The right sort of help for cyber security insurance

      The danger of cyber crime is no longer an unknown. The roster of companies recently damaged in attacks includes Target, Home...

    1. March 23, 2015

      Whitehall to lure business chiefs with salaries higher than PM

      Senior figures from the business world are to be drafted into government on salaries higher than David Cameron’s in an...

    2. March 18, 2015

      Claims of intimidation as UK civil service gagging rules set out

      The government was accused of seeking to “intimidate civil servants into silence” after new rules were published requiring...

    3. March 16, 2015

      Watchdog fears ‘radical surgery’ of cuts

      The head of Britain’s spending watchdog has accused Whitehall of failing to grasp the impact of deep public spending cuts....

    4. March 11, 2015

      Gatwick promises to cap landing charges for 30 years

      Gatwick has thrown down a new challenge in the dogfight with Heathrow over airport expansion, promising to cap landing...

    5. February 25, 2015

      Ministers aim to boost SMEs by speeding payments

      The UK government aims to protect smaller companies from long payment delays through plans to implement EU rules on public...

    6. February 11, 2015

      Merger of Treasury and Cabinet functions proposed

      A single UK Office of Budget and Management — combining the functions of the Treasury and Cabinet Office — has been proposed...

    7. February 4, 2015

      UK plans to sell off historic government buildings

      Plans to sell off a swath of historic government buildings to property developers mean civil servants will be moving from...

    8. January 30, 2015

      Gatwick expansion plans attacked by MPs

      Building a second runway at Gatwick airport would be a disaster for the area, causing transport gridlock and “irreparable...

    9. January 28, 2015

      Browne warns that civil service reform could easily be undone

      Progress in bringing business discipline to Whitehall can easily be lost, Lord Browne has suggested, as he called for...

    10. January 8, 2015

      Whitehall under fire for late payment of bills to SMEs

      The government has been urged to improve payments to small companies for public sector work after an official report found...

    11. December 11, 2014

      UK government to publish flood risk data

      Detailed information on flood risks is to be released to the public and more information on property ownership could follow...

    12. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement: Osborne targets £15bn Whitehall savings

      Whitehall departments will have to find billions more in efficiency savings in the next parliament, George Osborne said on...

    13. November 5, 2014

      Ministers urge groups to disclose cyber attacks

      Ministers have called on companies to admit when they are hit by cyber attacks so the insurance industry can develop cover...

    14. October 2, 2014

      Former BP man secures role as Whitehall’s first chief executive

      John Manzoni, a former BP executive who recently joined the civil service, has been chosen as Whitehall’s first chief...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. August 19, 2014

      The glitches in government IT contracts

      The £224m compensation awarded to US defence contractor Raytheon this week has underscored continuing concerns over the...

    18. 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...

    19. August 1, 2014

      GCHQ accredits degrees in cyber security to combat online attacks

      GCHQ, the UK’s electronic spy agency, has given its stamp of approval to six master’s degrees in online security as it moves...

    20. July 27, 2014

      UK census to go ahead in 2021

      The UK census will go ahead in 2021 but after that the government wants to scrap the detailed questionnaire distributed to...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. July 16, 2014

      Maude urges Whitehall mandarins to give ‘candid’ advice

      The civil service is more hierarchical than the military, Francis Maude has suggested, as he urged Whitehall officials to...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. July 9, 2014

      Sacking Sir Humphrey is not the answer

      What is the purpose of the British civil service? Should it exist simply to implement the will of elected politicians – a...

    28. July 6, 2014

      Top mandarins clash with ministers on Whitehall reform

      Three of Britain’s most powerful civil servants have clashed with ministers on Whitehall reforms, exposing simmering...

    29. 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...

    30. June 15, 2014

      Watchdog voices fears of privatisation risk to ethical standards

      The growth in private companies and voluntary groups providing public services poses “a live risk to ethical standards”,...

    31. 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...

    32. June 12, 2014

      Lord Browne urges Whitehall to weigh project risks

      Whitehall departments need to carry out rigorous, private sector-style assessments before taking on potentially risky...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. April 20, 2014

      Maude vows to turn UK into ‘most digital government’

      Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, has vowed to turn Britain into the G8’s “most digital government” by moving a host...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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