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    1. July 18, 2016

      Task of delivering Brexit causes turf wars in Whitehall

      Nowhere are the implications of Brexit being felt more keenly than Whitehall, where the machinery of government must...

    2. May 9, 2016

      The Foreign Office of the future: more like ‘24’?

      British diplomacy is set for a significant overhaul to make it “more like 24 or Spooks and less like The Good Life”,...

    1. March 29, 2016

      Home Office seizes overseas counterterror role

      The Home Office is to take control of the UK’s diplomatic counter-terrorism and liaison work abroad in one of the...

    2. February 22, 2016

      Whitehall digital chief plots new future for pioneering agency

      David Cameron, UK prime minister, has described it as “one of the great unsung triumphs of the last parliament”, yet...

    3. February 19, 2016

      Whitehall business plans ‘give no sense of ministerial priorities’

      Whitehall business plans published on Friday have been criticised for failing to set clear priorities. John Manzoni,...

    4. December 17, 2015

      David Cameron thickens up his ‘spads’ team

      David Cameron has increased the number of Conservative special advisers since the general election and has appointed...

    5. December 10, 2015

      MPs challenge ‘dysfunctional’ Whitehall staff over rural payments

      A leading figure in Whitehall’s efforts to take public services online has been accused of exercising “power without...

    6. December 1, 2015

      Watchdog tells outsourcers to be as ethical as public sector

      Companies delivering taxpayer-funded public services must abide by the same ethical standards as the public sector, the...

    7. November 25, 2015

      Autumn Statement: tax, pensions, savings and investments

      In this year’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne, the chancellor, made headlines by climbing down on planned cuts to...

    8. November 19, 2015

      Dearth of fresh civil service talent imperils drive to find savings

      A lack of fresh talent and vital skills within the UK civil service could put cost-saving reforms at risk, the...

    9. November 12, 2015

      Whitehall spends more than £1bn on contractors

      A cash-strapped Whitehall spent more than £1bn on contractors last year even as overall civil service ranks were being...

    10. November 11, 2015

      Special advisers undermine Whitehall, says report

      The role of the civil service in government is being undermined by the growing influence of special advisers, according...

    11. October 11, 2015

      Government Digital Service faces diminished role

      When the coalition came to power in 2010, some Whitehall IT systems could not even “speak” to one another and the...

    12. October 11, 2015

      Government digital agency fights to protect budget

      The Government Digital Service, which has saved millions for taxpayers and been lauded as “an unsung triumph” by the...

    13. September 29, 2015

      Kerslake review echoes Wilson’s efforts to curb Treasury’s power

      A former mandarin in charge of a Labour-commissioned review of the Treasury was keeping his cards close to his chest on...

    14. August 6, 2015

      ‘Nudge unit’ delivers dividend to Cabinet Office

      A “nudge unit” spun out of Whitehall made a profit of almost £1.5m and delivered a dividend to the Cabinet Office of...

    15. August 5, 2015

      Whitehall’s digital chief quits

      The government’s head of digital services, Mike Bracken, has resigned just four months after being promoted to...

    16. July 29, 2015

      Government departments must have ‘business plans’ for spending

      Government departments have been ordered to prepare corporate-style business plans indicating what will be delivered...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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