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Watchdog warns over £10bn of Whitehall ‘savings’ | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine

Watchdog warns over £10bn of Whitehall ‘savings’ | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
The National Audit Office has said it is unable to verify £10bn of government savings claimed by the Cabinet Office in the 2012/13 financial year due to uncertainties in the data used by departments to monitor spending.
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Ministers and Mandarins: Time for Change?

Ministers and Mandarins: Time for Change? | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
The IPPR report on "Accountability and Responsiveness in the Senior Civil Service: Lessons from Overseas" is a welcome contribution to a debate that has been bubbling away for some time now about t...
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Accountability and responsiveness in the Senior Civil Service - Publications - Inside Government - GOV.UK

Accountability and responsiveness in the Senior Civil Service - Publications - Inside Government - GOV.UK | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
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Cabinet reshuffles leave government paralysed, says Commons committee - The Guardian

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Future British governments should end a damaging culture of ministerial reshuffles, according to a House of Commons committee.
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Non-executive directors are the 'most stable' members of Whitehall

Non-executive directors are the 'most stable' members of Whitehall | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
It would be a nice irony if NEDs are now playing an important part in supporting departmental stability in government, says Jane Dudman
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Six more ministries agree cuts with Treasury | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine

Six more ministries agree cuts with Treasury | Public Finance — official CIPFA magazine | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
Another six Whitehall departments, including the Home Office, have reached agreement with the Treasury on spending cuts for 2015/16 ahead of the June 26 Spending Review, it has been announced.
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Frank Barry: Politicisation of public service may have been our undoing - Independent.ie

Frank Barry: Politicisation of public service may have been our undoing - Independent.ie | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
'DEFERENCE and diffidence'. That was the description of the Central Bank's attitude in the lead-up to the current crisis.
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George Osborne's raid on QE proceeds rejected by statistics watchdog

George Osborne's raid on QE proceeds rejected by statistics watchdog | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
Move to count £35bn from quantitative easing against deficit 'might have been influenced by presentational considerations'
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Civilising the civil service - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

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Civilising the civil service
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But whether it sinks or swims will not be because of the current structure of the Whitehall machine.
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UKIP: Building a Party when the Party's are Over? | Whitehall Watch

UKIP: Building a Party when the Party's are Over? | Whitehall Watch | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
UKIPs undoubtedly successful showing in the (mostly) English local elections has left many analysts speculating over whether this is a sustainable political shift to “four party” politics or not? Of course, its not as simple as that ...
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Whitehall at risk from Aunt Maude | Nick Butler

Having been pretty critical of the Department Of Energy and Climate Change in the past it is time to come to its defence. It seems that Mr Francis Maude the Cabinet Office Minister and effectively head of Britain's civil service ...
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The Politics of Spending Review 2013: Why Now, Why at all?

The Politics of Spending Review 2013: Why Now, Why at all? | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
(This is the first of a series of comments I’ll be making addressing different aspects of SR2013 over the next few days) It is striking that not a single political commentator has even asked the qu...
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PASC to take evidence on the Future of the Civil Service - News from Parliament - UK Parliament

PASC to take evidence on the Future of the Civil Service - News from Parliament - UK Parliament | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will take evidence from the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, in an extra session of the Committee’s inquiry into the Future of the Civil Service.
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NAO capability inquiry silent about serial senior civil service problems

NAO capability inquiry silent about serial senior civil service problems | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
Until the National Audit Office explains ministers' practices and ideologies, we are left blaming the senior civil service, says David Walker
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The lost world of royal commissions | Blog

The lost world of royal commissions | Blog | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
The conventional view has been, in the famous words of Harold Wilson, that they �take minutes and waste years� (Wilson set up no fewer than...
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Why it's crucial for us to shed the fat - Telegraph

Why it's crucial for us to shed the fat - Telegraph | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
By slashing the number of departments – from 20 to 11 – we could cut a huge amount of waste without sacrificing front-line services, says Dominic Raab.
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Kerslake sets out ‘unfinished business’ in civil service reform

Kerslake sets out ‘unfinished business’ in civil service reform | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
The government is likely to implement a further set of civil service reforms soon, the head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake has told CSW, as it pursues
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Jowell: briefings against DCMS chief ‘spiteful’

Jowell: briefings against DCMS chief ‘spiteful’ | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
Former culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell has attacked as “spiteful” an anonymous press briefing against Jonathan Stephens, permanent secretary of the
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Civil service reform: Labour will change the machinery of government - The Guardian

Civil service reform: Labour will change the machinery of government - The Guardian | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
The Guardian Civil service reform: Labour will change the machinery of government The Guardian The British civil service is often celebrated for its professionalism, independence and expertise, but our system of governance is being challenged as...
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Shameless, bungling - the tax boss who's sullied the civil service - Daily Mail

Shameless, bungling - the tax boss who's sullied the civil service - Daily Mail | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Shameless, bungling - the tax boss who's sullied the civil service Daily Mail As the most powerful mandarin at HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs), Dave Hartnett had a duty to be scrupulously impartial in his dealings with the...
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British Politician To Treasury: 'I'll Bite Your Balls Off And Send Them To You ... - Business Insider Australia

British Politician To Treasury: 'I'll Bite Your Balls Off And Send Them To You ... - Business Insider Australia | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
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Lord O'Donnell Suggests …. that someone rather ... - Whitehall Watch

Lord O'Donnell Suggests …. that someone rather ... - Whitehall Watch | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
A blog on the Whitehall Village and Public Management, edited by Colin Talbot ... Lord O'Donnell, former head of the civil service, has put forward some ideas for better scrutiny of proposed government policies.
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The controversy over Civil Service accountability is symptomatic of an unstable constitution

The controversy over Civil Service accountability is symptomatic of an unstable constitution | Whitehall Watch | Scoop.it
Andrew Blick relates the recently completed Democratic Audit of the United Kingdom to the issue Civil Service accountability. While there have been substantial changes, the problematic constitution...
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