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What is the Civil Service?

The Civil Service does the practical and administrative work of government. It helps to implement government policy.

Around half of all civil servants provide services direct to the public such as paying benefits and pensions, running employment services, staffing prisons and issuing driving licences.

Civil servants have to be politically neutral. They remain in their jobs regardless of who is in government and what political party is in power. It is crucial that they do not let party politics or their personal opinions influence their work.

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