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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. January 13, 2014

    Lift pay caps to woo business talent, says civil service chief

    Higher salaries should be on offer to attract business leaders into the civil service and tackle a dearth of top level...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. November 1, 2013

    Company in £1bn Whitehall deal considers sending jobs abroad

    A French outsourcing company that has formed a joint venture with the Cabinet Office to provide back office services to...

  20. FT Alphaville

    October 22, 2013

    Ground-truthing at Threadneedle Street

    So, McKinsey consultants will be allowed to stalk the halls of the Bank of England, to review “strategic investment...

  21. October 16, 2013

    Whitehall to shake up security classifications

    The days when a Whitehall milk rota could be categorised as “restricted” are to be banished in the first shake-up in...

  22. September 18, 2013

    UK ad industry attacks government buying process

    The UK advertising industry has attacked the government, one of the largest advertisers in the country, over the way it...

  23. September 9, 2013

    Cameron to attack speed of civil service reform

    David Cameron will criticise the slow pace of civil service reform when he appears before a high-powered committee of MPs on...

  24. Nick Butler

    September 6, 2013

    Corridors of power: failure of Whitehall reform

    The report of the public administration selection committee of the UK House of Commons into the workings of Whitehall...

  25. September 1, 2013

    Researchers in UK count cost of plan to scrap census

    The census – a beacon for statisticians and historians for more than 200 years – will be scrapped under proposals to be...

  26. August 5, 2013

    Cameron set to end experiment of part-time civil service head

    David Cameron is poised to end the experiment of having a “part-time” head of the civil service, reflecting concerns that...

  27. July 23, 2013

    Business-style agency to run £12bn of government procurement

    A corporate-style overhaul of the way the government buys up to £12bn of goods and services will be announced today as...

  28. July 9, 2013

    Maude to announce far-reaching reform of civil service

    The tacticians of Westminster and the strategists of Whitehall have long had a tendency to see the same issue through...

  29. July 9, 2013

    Maude aims to avoid reverse Whitehall’s butterfly effect

    In chaos theory, a butterfly flaps its wings and weeks later a hurricane whirls. In Whitehall, a hurricane blows and months...

  30. July 9, 2013

    New chief to secure £1bn savings in Whitehall overhaul

    A senior civil service figure with a remit to improve financial management across Whitehall is to be appointed as part of a...

  31. June 17, 2013

    Whitehall reform blueprint likely to stoke tensions

    Far-reaching changes in the relationship between ministers and their officials are foreshadowed on Monday in a report widely...

  32. June 6, 2013

    Francis Maude interview: UK takes voluntary approach to sharing information on cyber attacks

    The British government – like others – has done a lot to try and protect its own ministries and agencies from attack. But...

  33. June 6, 2013

    Wrest civil service from 19th-century roots, says Lord Browne

    Britain’s civil service needs to be wrested from its 19th century roots and made more businesslike if it is to succeed in...

  34. Westminster Blog

    June 3, 2013

    What does a register of lobbyists have to do with latest scandals?

    Ministerial promises of a new “register of lobbyists” in the wake of two new political sleaze scandals could be less helpful...

  35. June 3, 2013

    Clegg says coalition will ‘clean up’ Westminster

    The deputy prime minister has said he will “clean up” Westminster’s political world and has called for reforms that go...

  36. June 3, 2013

    Ministers ‘should be allowed to choose’ permanent secretaries

    Ministers should be able to pick their own permanent secretaries, a leading think-tank has concluded, in the latest twist in...

  37. June 2, 2013

    David Cameron plans lobbyists’ register and power to recall MPs

    David Cameron will bring forward stalled plans for a register of lobbyists and the power for constituents to recall errant...

  38. May 16, 2013

    Senior MP calls for inquiry into future of civil service

    An inquiry akin to the banking commission should be established to examine the future of the civil service, the head of a...

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