During his time at the head of the Cabinet Office Francis Maude spearheaded a number of reforms, including centralising various functions Credit: PAThe Whitehall reform agenda that drove the creation of the Government Digital Service is being rolled back by the creeping return of “the old silos and departmental baronies”, former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has warned.
Staff numbers in central government departments rose in the three months to June 2017, according to the latest official statistics, as the civil service also increased its use of casual workers by 30% over the same period. The Office for National Statistics quarterly measure of UK public sector employment – which shows a snapshot from June 2017 – found that there are now 423,000 civil servants in total. Numbers have been steadily decreasing from a peak of 566,000 in June 2005.
Francis Maude said he had been lied to by officials. Credit: PASir Jeremy Heywood and John Manzoni have spoken out to defend the progress of civil service reform, following a wide-ranging and critical speech given by former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude on Tuesday. Maude claimed the civil service has a “bias to inertia” and “suffers from institutional complacency”.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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