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The Civil Service

'We aim to provide high-quality advice and support to the Government and help deliver world-class public services, while consistently applying our core values of honesty, objectivity, integrity and impartiality.'

Sir Gus O'Donnell
Head of the Home Civil Service

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Civil servants are a bunch of white, male Whitehall bureaucrats


Only around 16% of civil servants work in London, with the rest spread around the country and more than half of all civil servants are women

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Civil Service Compensation Scheme

Changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme were announced today by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, in a Statement to the House of Commons.

Francis said:

“Our ambition now is that a negotiated, sustainable and practical long-term successor to the existing scheme can be agreed – one that is flexible and appropriate for current economic climate and also fair for lower paid workers.”


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    Quango high earners revealed

    In a further drive to make government as transparent as possible, the Cabinet Office has published details of everyone working in Non Departmental Public Bodies, also known as quangos, who earns more than £150,000.

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  • Spending Challenge

    The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have launched the Spending Challenge. Find out how you can take part.

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