Whitehall

The ‘unwritten rules’ of getting ahead in the civil service
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Behind the scenes

The ‘unwritten rules’ of getting ahead in the civil service

Government-backed report says Whitehall has ‘class ceiling’ that prevents upwards mobility
21 May 2021
‘The civil service is to a significant extent a law unto itself’
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Instant Opinion

‘The civil service is to a significant extent a law unto itself’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
16 Apr 2021
Government’s £2.7m bill for payouts to sacked advisers triggers fury
Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in London.
In Brief

Government’s £2.7m bill for payouts to sacked advisers triggers fury

Civil servants’ union accuses Boris Johnson’s administration of ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ in spending on staff
16 Dec 2020
Priti Patel in leak showdown with Foreign Office
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In Brief

Priti Patel in leak showdown with Foreign Office

Home secretary’s asylum seeker plans leaked to discredit her, allies claim
2 Oct 2020
What are Cummings’ plans to reform the civil service?
Dominic Cummings
In Depth

What are Cummings’ plans to reform the civil service?

War on Whitehall begins as PM’s closest adviser moves his team into Cabinet Office
2 Sep 2020
‘Free-thinking’ Johnson ally set to head the civil service
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In Brief

‘Free-thinking’ Johnson ally set to head the civil service

Ex-assistant to Prince William lined up to replace Mark Sedwill as cabinet secretary
1 Sep 2020
Civil service bracing for Covid inquiry - what happens next?
Dominic Cummings
In Depth

Civil service bracing for Covid inquiry - what happens next?

Officials fear being ‘thrown under the bus’ to protect Boris Johnson’s Downing Street team
7 Aug 2020

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Coronavirus: Johnson using Whitehall staff as ‘guinea pigs’
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In Brief

Coronavirus: Johnson using Whitehall staff as ‘guinea pigs’

Officials still working from home despite prime minister’s back-to-office call
3 Aug 2020
Should Boris Johnson ‘cull the cabinet’ to end rivalries?
In Depth

Should Boris Johnson ‘cull the cabinet’ to end rivalries?

Outgoing top civil servant backs Dominic Cummings’ calls for smaller government
28 Jul 2020
Civil servants get ‘guide to thinking’ of Dominic Cummings
Dominic Cummings
In Brief

Civil servants get ‘guide to thinking’ of Dominic Cummings

Civil servants instructed to read 20-page synopsis of the No. 10 advisor’s blog posts
10 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘the global Covid-19 crisis isn’t over’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 30 June
30 Jun 2020
Mark Sedwill promised shot at Nato top job
Mark Sedwill
In Brief

Mark Sedwill promised shot at Nato top job

Pledge to outgoing cabinet secretary ‘could be sacrificed’ by Downing Street
30 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit
Keir Starmer
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 29 June
29 Jun 2020
Who is Mark Sedwill and why is the civil servant resigning?
Mark Sedwill
In Brief

Who is Mark Sedwill and why is the civil servant resigning?

Departure of career diplomat seen as victory for PM’s chief aide Dominic Cummings
29 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘Black lives mattered. Now what?’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘Black lives mattered. Now what?’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 22 June
22 Jun 2020
Reaction: PM to form government ‘super-department’
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In Depth

Reaction: PM to form government ‘super-department’

Three former PMs including David Cameron criticise plan to fold DfID into Foreign Office
17 Jun 2020
Ten non-coronavirus things that happened in Westminster
Whitehall
In Depth

Ten non-coronavirus things that happened in Westminster

All eyes are on the outbreak but the world of politics has not stopped
9 Mar 2020
Whitehall seeks HR boss amid growing tensions
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In Brief

Whitehall seeks HR boss amid growing tensions

Job ad comes amid reports of fear and loathing in Whitehall
24 Feb 2020
Gatwick drone: case closes with no arrests
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In Depth

Gatwick drone: case closes with no arrests

Police spent nine months and £800,000 investigating incursions that caused chaos at airport
27 Sep 2019
Is Britain’s ‘deep state’ fact or a right-wing fiction?
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In Brief

Is Britain’s ‘deep state’ fact or a right-wing fiction?

Jacob Rees-Mogg is not alone in accusing bureaucrats of secret meddling
5 Feb 2018
Whitehall’s gender pay gap revealed
Whitehall's gender pay gap is an embarrassment for the prime minister
In Brief

Whitehall’s gender pay gap revealed

Women are paid 17% less than men at Department for Transport, despite the PM’s calls to tackle pay disparity
19 Dec 2017
Whitehall: Man 'carrying knives' arrested on terror charges
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In Brief

Whitehall: Man 'carrying knives' arrested on terror charges

Suspect in his twenties allegedly in possession of bag full of knives outside Houses of Parliament
27 Apr 2017
BBC staff earning more than £150k rises despite pledge
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In Brief

BBC staff earning more than £150k rises despite pledge

National Audit Office report reveals growth in number of senior managers at broadcaster
26 Apr 2017
Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 15 Aug 2013
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 15 Aug 2013

15 Aug 2013
Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 12 Jul 2013
Daily Briefing

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 12 Jul 2013

12 Jul 2013