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Morale compass points in the right direction: Civil Service engagement in 2014

, 20 November 2014

The Civil Service Engagement score is now 59%, 1 up on 2013. As this incredibly exciting graph shows, the Engagement Index score for the whole Civil Service is 59%, up from 58% in 2013. Although the relatively straight line may not look especially interesting, it is actually quite significant: despite the large staff reductions...

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Lord Browne – Successes but ragged at the edges

, 18 November 2014

What is striking is how Lord Browne and other prominent business figures who are lead non-executive directors on 17 Whitehall boards have gained acceptance from departmental permanent secretaries – the very group who most strongly resisted their introduction by Francis Maude in 2010. Cynics might see this as producer capture, but there are positive...

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Charting the challenges for the next Government

, 18 November 2014

The Institute for Government has today published Whitehall Monitor 2014, which charts government in over 120 graphs. It shows what government looks like in 2014, how it has changed since 2010, and how transparent it is – but also some of the challenges it will face after the 2015 election. Here we highlight the...

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The National Security Council – its history and its future

, 6 November 2014

The National Security Council was one of the coalition government’s first creations in May 2010. The Institute for Government and Whitehall History project’s new paper, The National Security Council: national security at the centre of government, traces a century of developments in national security coordination, culminating in the creation of the NSC and...

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The shape of the Civil Service: remaking the grade

, 23 October 2014

The Annual Civil Service Employment Survey was published by the ONS to relatively little attention two weeks ago, but it contains a wealth of information about what the Civil Service looks like in 2014 and how it’s changed since 2010. We’ve already analysed the gender, ethnic minority, disability and age composition of the...

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In with a CEO – out with another Major Projects Authority head

, 10 October 2014

The Civil Service Reform Plan committed significantly to reduce turnover among senior responsible owners. The guardian of major projects is proving to be modelling the problem it seeks to change.

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How the Civil Service has changed – in six charts

, 9 October 2014

The Office of National Statistics has published the latest Annual Civil Service Statistics data. Petr Bouchal and Gavin Freeguard look at what it tells us about the composition of the Civil Service.

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Civil Service Reform two years on: some optimism and a little fear

, 7 October 2014

It was a quiet three months after the second anniversary of the 2012 Civil Service Reform plan passed in June. But suddenly in the last 10 days there has been a flurry of activity to excite the civil service reformer.

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The challenge for new civil service CEO John Manzoni

, 3 October 2014

The challenge facing John Manzoni as the new chief executive of the Civil Service is to show that central leadership can improve performance across Whitehall. That goal has eluded his predecessors in part because of insufficient authority in face of entrenched departmental interests, as well as handling departments at times in too controlling a...

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Oops, she does it again: now Theresa May takes over the struggling passport agency

, 29 September 2014

In April 2013, the Home Secretary announced that the troubled UK Borders Agency would be reabsorbed back into the Home Office. At the time we commented that this move alone did not address the underlying issues. Now, 18 months later, the UK Passport Office faces the same fate.

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