Devo Gaps: Parties remain far apart on Scottish devolution plans

, 10 October 2014

Just three weeks ago the people of Scotland voted to stay in the UK. Today, the debate on the next phase of devolution begins in earnest as Scotland’s five main political parties (the four you would guess plus the Scottish Greens) have submitted their proposals to Lord Smith of Kelvin – the one-man commission...

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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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