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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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”,...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. January 19, 2014

    UK civil servants offered ‘resilience training’ to toughen up

    Whitehall’s high fliers are being offered “resilience training” within leadership programmes as they cope with steep job...

  34. January 8, 2014

    Digital driving licence scheme could lead to lower car insurance

    Motorists could see their annual insurance premiums fall £15 under government plans to put all driving records online as the...

  35. December 19, 2013

    Whitehall struggles to keep up with business of outsourcing

    For some it is the Big Society; for others “doing more with less”. Whatever the slogan, the notion that removing the dead...

  36. December 19, 2013

    G4S faces second Serious Fraud Office investigation

    G4S was referred to the Serious Fraud Office for a second time in six months on Thursday, underscoring the extent of...

  37. November 24, 2013

    Maude criticises Whitehall officials over welfare reform snags

    Francis Maude has criticised senior Whitehall officials’ failure to raise the alarm over the government’s troubled welfare...

  38. November 3, 2013

    Whitehall outsourcing is ‘in our interests’

    A ban on replacing civil servants with workers overseas would have a serious impact on the economy, the Cabinet Office...

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