Sweeping changes for a slimmed-down Whitehall

The government wants to change the way Whitehall operates to increase accountability, simplify hierarchies and make sure government departments operate more like businesses.

A pedestrian walks past a sign to Whitehall
A pedestrian walks past a sign to Whitehall Credit: Press Association

Three departments in particular will undergo reviews to make them function more effectively. They are: The Department for Education, Work and Pensions and Communities and Local Government.

The Financial Times looks at what the review is trying to achieve.

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Civil servant dismissal threat

Civil servants who under-perform could face dismissal under plans to shake up government departments in Whitehall. Perks such as free holidays also face the axe in a major shake-up.