Counting down to the election: the latest civil service staff numbers

, 9 April 2015

The civil service now employs 405,400 FTE, down 1,290 on the previous quarter. The last quarterly staff numbers release before the election shows that the Civil Service has reduced in size by 15% since Q3 2010.  The Civil Service has continued to shrink in the last quarter.  But even this is still some way...

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Paid more than the PM: will freedom on pay packets close skills gaps in the Civil Service?

, 8 April 2015

Late last month, the government announced that Tony Douglas, currently the chief executive of Abu Dhabi airports, has been appointed as Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the procurement arm of the MOD. Douglas will become one of the country’s highest paid civil servants with responsibility for the government’s £163 billion 10-year...

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Deep impact? How government departments measured their impact under the Coalition

, 2 April 2015

What impact have government departments had in the real world under the Coalition? A new Whitehall Monitor report analyses government departments’ ‘impact indicators’, part of the Coalition’s cross-government system of performance measurement.

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We need clarity about the 2015 election

, 1 April 2015

The 2015 election is one of the most unpredictable in decades. But yesterday’s dissolution of parliament was the most predictable event of the year and still large parts of the media got it wrong. This does not bode well for how the period after the election will be reported. A new report by the...

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Mind the gap: insights from connecting policy with practice

, 1 April 2015

Civil servants are often criticised for forming policy within the ‘Westminster bubble’, removed from the realities on the ground. At a recent event hosted by the Institute for Government and the Big Lottery Fund, attendees heard examples of how policymakers and practitioners have worked together to burst that bubble.

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How to confound the cynics: make the next government effective

, 31 March 2015

Faith in our politics – and our politicians – is at an all-time low. At a recent event, Gus O’Donnell and Patricia Hewitt responded to a new set of reports examining how the next government can deliver on its promises. Matt Ross reports

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