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The Government should give a realistic commitment to Agile

, 30 June 2015

The new Minister for the Civil Service, Matt Hancock, has said that the civil service should become more “agile”. He’s right, says Daniel Thornton – but it’s not quite that easy

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We didn’t start the FOIA: Freedom of information requests in the final quarter of the Coalition

, 19 June 2015

Joe Randall looks at the quarterly data on freedom of information requests – released yesterday – and assesses how government departments and other public bodies are doing.

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Civil Service staff numbers under the Coalition government, 2010 to 2015

, 17 June 2015

The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show the number of civil servants as of March 2015. Emily Andrews and Gavin Freeguard look at how the size of the Civil Service changed under the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.

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Cabinet Committees, sub-Committees and taskforces

, 12 June 2015

Cabinet Committees are a window into the power structure and priorities of government. In this Parliament, David Cameron has also created new implementation taskforces to monitor and deliver the Government’s cross-cutting priorities. Dan Devine and Jill Rutter take a look at the new committees and what they tell us about the personalities and priorities...

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Chair and chair alike: Commons select committee chairs, in five charts

, 12 June 2015

On 17 June, MPs will elect the chairs of many House of Commons select committees, the increasingly high-profile bodies which scrutinise government departments. Gavin Freeguard and Hannah White, look at who has chaired them over the last three parliaments and what happens next.

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The cyber security race: governments must run faster just to keep pace

, 11 June 2015

“We have known for a long time that there are significant vulnerabilities, and that these vulnerabilities are going to accelerate as time goes by, both in systems within government and within the private sector.” This was the message from President Obama, speaking on 8 June at the Group of Seven summit meeting in Germany....

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The challenge of the 2015 Spending Review

, 5 June 2015

“Were people who voted Conservative actually misled?” asked Ben Chu of the Independent. “The description of £1 out of every £100 Government spends risked misleading people” replied Carl Emmerson of the IFS, diplomatically. As Whitehall prepares for another Spending Review, the IFS and the IFG held a joint event to get to outline...

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What can we learn from yesterday’s Treasury announcement about the coming Spending Review?

, 5 June 2015

Ah, the joys of a press release from the Treasury. Some of the finest minds in Whitehall setting out to make the reader think one thing, when the actual words say another! We had a classic of the genre yesterday. The centrepiece was a table purporting to show “savings” numbers, which summed together all...

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Women and Whitehall: how did Whitehall change after 1979 – and what does that mean for its future?

, 5 June 2015

Women are better represented in Whitehall than ever before, but the Civil Service still faces challenges, especially in improving the representation of women at the top of the Civil Service. Joe Devanny heard three distinguished former officials reflect on their career experiences and how Whitehall has changed.

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How the 2015 Spending Review will differ from 2010

, 4 June 2015

Today the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies will examine the challenges for the new Government as it embarks on the 2015 Spending Review. Ahead of the event, held at the Institute, Researcher Oliver Illot looks at how the 2015 Spending Review will differ from the process in 2010. He considers...

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