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.

09 February 2017

The Civil Service Fast Stream continues to grow but is not representative of the diversity of the UK’s population. Robert Adam explores the data. 

30 January 2017

The 2017 Whitehall Monitor report identifies a worrying backslide in government transparency. Adam Boon says this raises concerns about the Government’s commitment to open data and will make it harder to assess the performance of Whitehall unless this trend is reversed. 

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 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.