09 January 2017

The latest data on special advisers (spads) reveals that overall numbers have dropped under Theresa May, but those remaining in post are earning more and are more likely to be men. Robert Adam looks at the figures.

19 December 2016

For the first time, we know how the new departments of DExEU, DIT and BEIS are responding to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. Gavin Freeguard and Rob Adam say they are falling below the mark already. 

15 December 2016

The latest civil service staff numbers show that Whitehall has started to prepare for Brexit, but the figures for new departments have not yet been published. Adam Boon looks takes a look at the latest data.

30 November 2016

The latest numbers on how civil servants feel about their departments – on everything from leadership to workload to pay – have just been published. Gavin Freeguard pulls out the key stories from this year's Civil Service People Survey, where 280,000 civil servants answered more than 60 questions during October 2016.

20 October 2016

The Government has finally published the latest list of cabinet committees, where a lot of the real business of government is done. Adam Boon and Rob Adam find that there are fewer committees under May than Cameron, and that Business Secretary Greg Clark sits on more of them than anyone else. Click on the images to enlarge.

06 October 2016

The latest Civil Service statistics, which give us data on everything from diversity to grades, are out today. Gavin Freeguard, Adam Boon and Robert Adam find a smaller, older Civil Service, with improving gender balance. All data as of March 2016.

22 September 2016

How did government departments respond to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests between April and June 2016? And what could the appointment of a new Information Commissioner mean for them? Gavin Freeguard looks at the new data.

15 September 2016

The latest Civil Service staff numbers are out, taking us to the end of June, the month of the EU referendum and before Theresa May formed her new government. Adam Boon looks at what they tell us about Whitehall’s ability to manage Brexit.

18 August 2016

Which government departments are best at replying to requests for information? Gavin Freeguard constructs a hall of fame – and shame.

05 August 2016

How accountable were ministers to scrutiny by MPs in 2015-2016? Which departments received most questions, and how quickly did they respond? What does this tell us about the outlook for the new administration and the new departments? Leah Owen looks at the numbers.