In our latest Women Leaders event run in partnership with EY, Lady Justice Hallett, Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, discussed diversity in the legal profession with newly-appointed Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton. Alex Bleasdale reflects on their conversation.
As the Spending Review announcement on 25 November approaches, the Prime Minister has said that he wants to create a “smarter state”. Recently, an expert panel at the Institute for Government gave their verdict on what this might look like and what the Government can do to achieve it. Jonathan Pearson analyses the discussion.
Current Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood seems to fit more into a day than is humanly possible, and his predecessor was GOD (that’s Gus O’Donnell, by the way). But could the students of today do even better? The second annual Institute for Government Essay Competition seeks to find out.
The Civil Service used to be a career for life. But it now it recognises that it both needs to give those it recruits young more flexibility, and be able to attract and retain talented people who started their career elsewhere – especially if it is going to fill gaps in commercial and digital skills. Jill Rutter highlights the issues.
On Wednesday 23 September, Sir Jeremy Heywood gave a rare and revealing insight in to his roles as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the UK Civil Service. Ashley Hibben reflects on some of the themes arising from Heywood’s discussion with Institute for Government Director Peter Riddell.
Women comprise the majority of today’s Civil Service. But that headline figure does not reflect the reality at the top of Whitehall. Catherine Haddon explores how the Civil Service has changed over time and argues that culture at the top is the key to diversity.
David Cameron recently set out the policy context for the public spending review under the theme of the ‘smarter state’. Prime Ministers invariably trot out such all-embracing phrases: remember the Big Society? Yet aside from the slogan, Peter Riddell asks, how does his argument stand up?
While the government’s continued focus on increasing efficiency savings is welcome, new figures showing the performance of the last Coalition government during its final year suggest a continuing need to avoid hyping up the presentation. Instead, transparency should be used to provide incentives to improve performance.
There is no point in pushing for more schools to become academies until the Government proves it can turn failing academies around, argues Tom Gash. He believes there are five questions DfE must now seek to answer.