The UK Civil Service

Facts, Analysis and Comment.

About these Websites

Contact information is below.

This Civil Service site provides information about, and examines the skills and effectiveness of, the UK Civil Service. This is an important subject because societies fail if their governments are ineffective, and governments are ineffective if their civil servants are ineffective. Its target readership includes new recruits to the civil service, students, journalists, parliamentary researchers and other non-experts.

The Understanding Regulation site aims to provide a similar authoritative but accessible introduction to the activities of UK regulators.

Website design is by Roshni Natali. Roshni supports organisations with reputation management, using both digital and traditional communications. She is based in Birmingham and supports people and businesses around the country. Say hello on Roshni on LinkedIn @

The sites' author is Martin Stanley. His CV is here and his contact details are below.

A word from Martin:- 'I aim to provide accurate information and helpful commentary. I believe that most civil servants - and most experienced Ministers - would agree with most of what I have written, but I am equally sure that none would agree with every word. Please therefore do not hesitate to contact me if you spot inaccurate or out-of-date information, or strongly disagree with the views expressed in any of the commentaries.

I should also stress that the advice in these notes does not directly deal with the challenges facing the vast majority of civil servants who do not work in central departments, but carry out vital work in Executive Agencies and local offices. It also does not deal with the special circumstances of those working in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. I apologise to such colleagues, but I hope that they, too, will find the advice and information interesting, if only because it will tell them something about the working methods of those whose decisions have such a large influence on their working lives.'


Martin's email address is and his mobile/cellphone is 07866 522 338 (+44 7866 522 338 from outside the UK).

Please follow the @ukcivilservant and/or @ukregulation Twitter feeds if you would like to know when new material is added to these sites. Both are used quite sparingly so you will not be inundated with tweets.

Please feel free to use and share material from this website under the terms of the appropriate Creative Commons Licence. But please also take every opportunity to tell others where you found the material so that they too can explore these sites.