We need to talk about special advisers

, 19 December 2014

Yesterday saw the great pre-Christmas ‘data dump’ where a number of government departments published their final set of statistics and releases before the holidays. One of the items, a list of special advisers and how much they are paid, has received some media attention and in the process become something of a political football....

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Counting down but not enough? The latest civil service staff numbers

, 17 December 2014

The civil service now employs 406,690 FTE, down 1,360 on the previous quarter. Overall, the shape of the line in the chart above suggests that achieving the government’s aspiration regarding staff numbers has not been as easy as the early data suggested. In the first year after the 2010 Spending Review, the civil service...

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Work, Rest and Pay: Civil Service Engagement in Departments

, 16 December 2014

As we explained in our previous post on the Civil Service People Survey, the questions civil servants are asked are clustered in several themes. A score of 100% means that civil servants strongly agree with the question asked, 75% that they agree, 50% that they neither agree nor disagree, 25% that they disagree and 0%...

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Clueless on Contracting

, 11 December 2014

In our report Making Public Service Markets Work we argued that there should be: more attention on ongoing oversight of contracts rather than just signing deals greater transparency of and clearer accountability for success and failures and more attention to stimulating competition for contracts, so that government isn’t left with a poor selection of...

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Civil Service Engagement Index 2014 – Most Departments Improve

, 9 December 2014

DfID and the Treasury have the highest engagement score – 71% – while HMRC has the lowest – 43%. The Department for International Development (DfID) has the highest engagement score for a sixth consecutive year, while HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has the lowest score for a sixth consecutive year. The Foreign Office, on...

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Guest blog – It Takes Three: How New Zealand Thinks About Arm’s-Length Bodies

, 9 December 2014

New Zealand, like the UK and other western liberal democracies, has yet to be satisfied with the overall performance of its arm’s-length body (ALB) arrangements. New Zealand’s ALB or Crown entity system was reformed in the early 2000s. The Crown Entities Act 2004 set out to establish an integrated governance and accountability regime that...

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