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.


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.