Getting better at getting things done: launching the Whitehall implementation ‘profession’

, 12 November 2015

As Jeremy Heywood reminded us in his recent talk at the Institute for Government on the role of the Cabinet Secretary, and as highlighted in the new leadership statement, the core responsibility of the UK Civil Service is to deliver the Government’s programme and ministerial priorities. In this Parliament, that means implementing the 517 priorities set...

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The Spending Review hard work remains to be done

, 9 November 2015

All of the departments affected by today’s announcement experienced significant cuts over the last five years, and the news of these settlements makes clear that we are in the middle of an unprecedented decade of austerity. Up and down the country, local government will have been interested to hear that DCLG has taken a...

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The next steps on the path of Scottish devolution

, 9 November 2015

The most notable changes the Government has proposed are in the domain of welfare. The earlier version of the bill was due to devolve a number of benefits, mainly relating to the sick and disabled, but the new amendments will empower the Scottish Government to top up the major working age benefits being merged...

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Progress on contract transparency stalled

, 9 November 2015

In March this year, the Institute for Government set out recommendations for enhancing transparency in public service contracts. We proposed a set of standard transparency provisions that would compel suppliers to publish top-level information about contracted services, such as the fees charged to government and headline performance indicators. The then-Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude...

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Lost in the post? Professions in the Civil Service, 2010-15

, 6 November 2015

The UK Civil Service is made up of 25 professions, of which ‘operational delivery’ is the biggest. It is important that government departments know which of the 25 civil service professions their employees belong to: it allows them to know what capabilities they possess (the work they do and have experience of) and to...

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2015 or 2065:  How long will we have to wait for judicial diversity?

, 5 November 2015

“We don’t need to wait and I’m not prepared to wait” New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified his 50/50 Cabinet yesterday by simply saying: “its 2015”. And yet, here in the UK, Supreme Court Justice Lord Sumption said only last month that it would take another fifty years to achieve a balanced judiciary....

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