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‘Neither Unified, Nor Uniform – So What Civil Service for the Twenty-First Century?

In the final part of our special series on the Civil Service, Francesca Gains and Dave Richards sum up the debate and assess the future of the service during a period of great change. The most striking theme to emerge from the Policy@Manchester series of Civil Service ‘stocking-taking’ blogs by Martin Stanley and Colin Talbot [...]
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Continuity and Change in the Civil Service III: Changing Accountability

The unwritten British constitution as it affects Civil Service accountability – especially to Parliament – is going through an incremental, but very significant, change, argues Professor Colin Talbot. At the heart of the British constitution lies the concept of separation of the administrative elite from the political elite. This is very different from other countries [...]
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Continuity and Change in the Civil Service II: How SPADs and Tsars are changing the Whitehall landscape

The UK has had a clear dividing line between its political and administrative leadership. In the third post in our series examining the current state of the Civil Service, Professor Colin Talbot argues that the rise of the SPAD and the Tsar is changing this. Special advisors – or SPADs, to use their common acronym [...]
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How racism harms health

Lifetime experiences of racism damage the health of ethnic minorities from before birth until death, writes Dr Laia Bécares.   Racism is toxic for health. This can be taken literally, proven by a vast environmental justice literature that shows how some ethnic minorities are more likely than the white majority population to live within close [...]
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