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    1. July 22, 2015

      ‘Nudge unit’ defies sceptics to change Whitehall thinking

      A team set up to “nudge” Britons into making better decisions has confounded Whitehall scepticism and made back more...

    2. May 17, 2015

      Whitehall faces up to 100,000 fresh job cuts

      Whitehall is braced for up to 100,000 job losses over the next five years as George Osborne aims to squeeze billions of...

    1. May 17, 2015

      Osborne ally given task of continuing civil service reform

      Matthew Hancock’s appointment as Cabinet Office minister shows that the chancellor is determined to entrust the next...

    2. April 8, 2015

      Labour questions impartiality of Whitehall advisers

      Labour has picked a new fight in its troubled relationship with business by querying the integrity of some of...

    3. March 25, 2015

      New UK arms procurement chief lured with £535,000 pay package

      The new chief of Britain’s armaments programme is to be rewarded with a £285,000 salary and £250,000...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. March 17, 2015

      Loss of Whitehall skills proves costly, say MPs

      Failures such as the West Coast mainline franchise contest are inevitable if civil service skills are not improved, a...

    7. March 8, 2015

      Pensions staff face 30,000 job cuts

      More than a third of staff at the Department for Work and Pensions are expected to lose their jobs in the next five...

    8. February 11, 2015

      Lord Browne laments obstacles to Whitehall reform

      Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, has “broken some bones in the civil service” in his drive to overhaul...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. January 20, 2015

      Former Kingfisher chief to advise Whitehall

      The government will appoint the former chief executive of the DIY group Kingfisher, Sir Ian Cheshire, as the top...

    12. December 22, 2014

      Private group to help exchequer chase £20bn debts

      Ministers have struck a deal with a private US-owned company in an attempt to collect more than £20bn in debt owed to...

    13. 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...

    14. November 18, 2014

      Lord Browne to step down as PM’s top business person

      Lord Browne is standing down as the government’s most senior business person in Whitehall halfway through his second...

    15. October 29, 2014

      Civil service chief to step down from SABMiller board role

      John Manzoni, the new chief executive of the UK civil service, will step down from his board position at brewer...

    16. October 15, 2014

      PM wins battle for final say on top civil service posts

      The prime minister is to be given the final choice on the appointment of the most senior civil servants, in a reform...

    17. October 6, 2014

      Whitehall ruffled by Michael Gove move to join weekly meetings

      Michael Gove has broken with protocol by deciding to attend a weekly gathering of the most senior civil servants,...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. September 26, 2014

      Outgoing Whitehall head pushes corporate model for civil service

      A fundamental restructuring of Whitehall will be needed to cope with a further round of cuts, the outgoing head of the...

    21. September 14, 2014

      Sir Ian Cheshire rejects offer of top Whitehall job

      Sir Ian Cheshire has become the latest senior business person to reject an approach to become the chief executive of...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. August 19, 2014

      MPs recommend stronger powers over big projects

      By Sarah Neville Whitehall’s major projects watchdog needs stronger powers to halt or change failing programmes and...

    25. 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...

    26. August 10, 2014

      Troubleshooter warns of lack of critical skills in Whitehall

      Whitehall lacks “critical skills” required to execute big projects and is trying to deliver many more large programmes...

    27. August 10, 2014

      Civil service to ‘get serious’ about big projects

      The government has turned to one of the world’s leading business schools as it seeks to build a new cadre of civil...

    28. 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,...

    29. August 1, 2014

      MPs accuse Whitehall of failing to protect whistleblowers

      Whitehall departments and other public bodies have failed to prevent whistleblowers from being victimised, and some...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. July 15, 2014

      Heywood expands Whitehall power base

      Britain’s most influential mandarin, Sir Jeremy Heywood, is taking the additional job of running the civil service,...

    34. July 15, 2014

      Bob Kerslake out in civil service reshuffle

      David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle has extended to the civil service, whose head Sir Bob Kerslake is stepping down after...

    35. July 11, 2014

      Sir Humphrey is a servant who behaves like a duke

      In David Cameron’s early weeks as prime minister, his office instructed civil servants to begin publishing detailed...

    36. 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...

    37. June 30, 2014

      Senior civil servant calls for more assertiveness in Whitehall

      One of Whitehall’s most senior officials has intervened in the debate over reform by urging civil servants to be...

    38. 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...

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