25 May 2017

Across the whole civil service, average salaries are just below the UK average – and civil servants are generally dissatisfied with their pay, says Alice Lilly.

12 May 2017

Gavin Freeguard argues that, while there are some great examples of openness making government better, there are still barriers to overcome.

10 May 2017

A new report says government needs to do more to make financial data usable by Parliament and the wider public. Gavin Freeguard says it’s on the money.

04 May 2017

The wash up of legislation at the end of Parliament has meant a worrying lack of scrutiny, says Gemma Byrne

25 April 2017

Despite all the general election excitement, departments still need to get on with business as usual – which includes responding to requests for information. Aron Cheung says the latest FoI data shows signs of improvement in departments' response times, but a worrying trend in the percentage of requests that are being withheld.

12 April 2017

The civil service is older than it used to be – and Gavin Freeguard says that while the big delivery departments face the problems of old age, others (notably the Treasury) face the perils of youth.

30 March 2017

The day, or days, at the start of recess have become good days for government to get out anything it wants to bury. Gavin Freeguard tell us what is in today’s data dump.

24 March 2017

The gender balance of the civil service has improved markedly in recent years – but even as Antonia Romeo takes over as DIT permanent secretary, Alice Lilly and Gavin Freeguard say women are still underrepresented in senior roles.

16 March 2017

The latest ONS data shows that cuts to the civil service are tailing off as it gets ready for Brexit. But Alice Lilly says we still don’t know how many civil servants are working in the department responsible for it, DExEU.

16 February 2017

Our recent Whitehall Monitor 2017 included a quick look at the grade structure of various departments. Alice Lilly finds the most junior grades have had the deepest reductions – but still account for more civil servants than any other grade.