Trust in the People - the Canal and River Trust

The Public Bodies Reform Programme will reduce government administration costs by more than £2.6bn. One of the bodies transferred to the voluntary sector under the programme was the Canal & River Trust. Its chairman Tony Hales and Peter Unwin, Director General at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), describe the challenges and benefits of turning a national treasure into a charitable trust.

Editorial, October 2014

Welcome to the sixth edition of Civil Service Quarterly. I am honoured to be taking over the stewardship of the magazine from Sir Jeremy Heywood. We’ve had a great year with over 60,000 unique users on the website. And I’m looking forward to an even more successful year to come. This edition explores one of the Civil Service’s most important capabilities: our analytical skills.

The Blunders of Our Governments — review by Sir David Normington GCB

For someone like me who has spent 40 years in and around Whitehall, The Blunders of Our Governments by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe is a compelling read. “Our subject in this book is the numerous blunders that have been …