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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    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 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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”,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. April 9, 2014

      G4S pays back £110m as UK government ban is lifted

      G4S, the global security company, has been given the all clear to win fresh UK government work after being barred following...

    28. 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...

    29. March 23, 2014

      More state land must be used for homes, says Sir John Ritblat

      More needs to be done to free up land for housebuilding if the government is to reduce the risk of a bubble in the...

    30. 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...

    31. February 18, 2014

      Decision time looms for UK universal credit

      The government’s flagship welfare reform must start delivering results by the next election or risk being drastically scaled...

    32. February 14, 2014

      Former M&S chief Rose to seek remedy for ailing NHS hospitals

      The National Health Service is asking one of Britain’s most prominent former retail bosses to help it turn round 14...

    33. February 5, 2014

      UK Cabinet Office ‘nudge’ team to be spun off into private group

      Ministers are poised to launch one of the biggest experiments in British public sector reform when they move a Cabinet...

    34. February 2, 2014

      Former oil executive to lead big projects watchdog

      John Manzoni, former head of refining and marketing at BP, has been appointed to head the Major Projects Authority, the...

    35. January 29, 2014

      Francis Maude vows to buy more IT services from small companies

      Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, has vowed to that the government will buy £100m more in IT services and technology...

    36. January 26, 2014

      UK civil service to teach its trade to apprentices

      Forget the workshop or the factory floor. Teenagers will be mastering their trade in the corridors of power under a plan to...

    37. January 24, 2014

      UK ministers cap government IT contracts at £100m

      New rules published on Friday have set a limit of £100m for government IT contracts. The changes comes after a National...

    38. Westminster Blog

      January 24, 2014

      Cameron accused of hypocrisy over onshoring rhetoric

      David Cameron has today thrown his weight behind the small but growing trend of “reshoring” – or returning production from...

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