The strange case of the missing plans

, 2 February 2016

The most important part of the Spending Review is not the spreadsheet of numbers, the rabbits from the hat, or the headlines. It is the planning that sets out how to translate the spending numbers into reality. There have been signs that the Government is taking the planning side more seriously than in previous...

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Managing markets: getting the right skills in place

, 1 February 2016

What is the Government doing to address the skills gap? Around £62 billion is spent a year across the UK central government on public sector contracts (not including the NHS). Yet as Adrian Kamellard, Director of the Commercial Profession in the Cabinet Office recognises, the Government does not currently have the necessary commercial capability...

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The finance function forges ahead

, 28 January 2016

The Financial Management Review (FMR) aimed to move the Government’s finance profession’s focus from financial reporting (all those annual accounts that most of us struggle to interpret) to management accounting (providing information and analysis to help the managers make better decisions). There was a degree of sceptical optimism around it – optimism because the...

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Trust in time: Trust in civil servants has increased

, 28 January 2016

Pollsters Ipsos MORI have been recording public trust in a number of professions, including the Civil Service, since 1983 – the latest results, based on fieldwork from December 2015 to January 2016, were published on 22 January. 59% of respondents trust civil servants to tell the truth. Of those polled, 59% trust civil servants...

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Diversity and inclusion in the Civil Service

, 26 January 2016

“There is a way to go… on women, but even more so I’d say on BMEs and disabilities.” This was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood’s comment on Whitehall’s diversity track record when he spoke at the Institute for Government last year. The primary response to this challenge has...

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Public spending: how is the Government doing?

, 21 January 2016

The last public finance figures, published just before Christmas, show that overall government spending for the first eight months of 2015/16 is running 2% ahead of spending in the previous year. This compares to government plans for spending to rise by 1% for the year as a whole. Since these figures were published, we’ve...

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