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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 Pensions contribution increases consultation

On 19 July 2011 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced that, as part of the reform of public service pensions so that they are affordable, sustainable and fair to both the public sector workforce and the taxpayer,  the Government would be starting formal consultations on increasing public service pension contributions in 2012-13.

This consultation follows the Chief Secretary’s announcement and is only about proposals to increase civil servants’ contributions to their pension scheme from April 2012. The closing date for this consultation is 20 October 2011.


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    Reform of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme

    The new Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) comes into effect today.  The CSCS sets out the terms for voluntary and compulsory redundancy. 

    Q&A and Legislation

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    Letter from Gus O’Donnell about reducing regulations

    Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Gus O’Donnell has written a letter to all permanent secretaries across Government about the Red Tape Challenge.

    Read Gus's letter



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