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  1. April 17, 2014

    MPs throw support behind UK census

    The census is of fundamental importance to policy and society and the government should abandon any ideas of scrapping it,...

  2. March 29, 2014

    Terms unveiled for review into union dispute tactics

    Ministers have announced revised terms for a much-delayed and heavily diluted inquiry into alleged union intimidation in...

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  1. Westminster Blog

    March 11, 2014

    What has happened to David Cameron’s review into “trade union tactics”?

    The massive industrial dispute at Grangemouth refinery in Scotland last autumn prompted David Cameron to launch an inquiry...

  2. March 3, 2014

    Ian Tyler appointed as G4S ‘minder’

    The government has appointed a senior “minder” from the business world to oversee G4S, the distressed outsourcing company,...

  3. February 18, 2014

    Civil servants’ contract skills ‘lacking’

    Nearly three years since David Cameron called civil servants the “enemies of enterprise”, British business says the...

  4. February 18, 2014

    Flood claims cannot be rushed, say insurers

    Insurers have hit back at Ed Miliband after the Labour leader called on the industry to make payments to flood victims...

  5. FT Alphaville

    February 17, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Momentum from Wall Street and signs of credit growth in China had Asian bourses in an upbeat mood, in spite of...

  6. February 14, 2014

    Former M&S chief Rose to seek remedy for ailing NHS hospitals

    The National Health Service is asking one of Britain’s most prominent former retail bosses to help it turn round 14...

  7. February 6, 2014

    David Cameron urged to abolish premium rate government helplines

    Consumer groups and charities are urging David Cameron to abolish 120 premium-rate government phone lines, many serving...

  8. February 5, 2014

    UK security chiefs tell industry to improve cyber defences

    UK security chiefs summoned the country’s infrastructure regulators on Wednesday to warn them to prepare for cyber attacks...

  9. February 5, 2014

    UK Cabinet Office ‘nudge’ team to be spun off into private group

    Ministers are poised to launch one of the biggest experiments in British public sector reform when they move a Cabinet...

  10. January 29, 2014

    Francis Maude vows to buy more IT services from small companies

    Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, has vowed to that the government will buy £100m more in IT services and technology...

  11. January 28, 2014

    Whitehall fails to release details of top civil servants’ performance

    Whitehall has failed to release any information about how well top civil servants have performed against their objectives,...

  12. January 26, 2014

    UK civil service to teach its trade to apprentices

    Forget the workshop or the factory floor. Teenagers will be mastering their trade in the corridors of power under a plan to...

  13. January 24, 2014

    UK ministers cap government IT contracts at £100m

    New rules published on Friday have set a limit of £100m for government IT contracts. The changes comes after a National...

  14. Westminster Blog

    January 24, 2014

    Cameron accused of hypocrisy over onshoring rhetoric

    David Cameron has today thrown his weight behind the small but growing trend of “reshoring” – or returning production from...

  15. January 24, 2014

    UK pay-offs to gag staff ‘outrageous’, say MPs

    Public sector organisations are spending tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money in “outrageous” attempts to conceal...

  16. January 14, 2014

    Rollout of UK superfast broadband boosted

    Ministers have turned to the private sector in an attempt to put the rollout of superfast broadband back on track following...

  17. January 13, 2014

    Lift pay caps to woo business talent, says civil service chief

    Higher salaries should be on offer to attract business leaders into the civil service and tackle a dearth of top level...

  18. January 8, 2014

    Digital driving licence scheme could lead to lower car insurance

    Motorists could see their annual insurance premiums fall £15 under government plans to put all driving records online as the...

  19. December 27, 2013

    Labour considers ban on troubled contractors Serco and G4S

    Labour is considering whether to ban scandal-hit outsourcing contractors such as Serco and G4S from winning further...

  20. December 26, 2013

    Public services told to scrap premium rate phone lines

    Frustrated callers left with large phone bills after calling government phone lines should be spared the cost of having to...

  21. December 23, 2013

    Researchers pioneer computer model to forecast skills shortage

    A computer model to tackle skills shortages holding back the recovery of the UK construction industry is being pioneered in...

  22. December 19, 2013

    Whitehall struggles to keep up with business of outsourcing

    For some it is the Big Society; for others “doing more with less”. Whatever the slogan, the notion that removing the dead...

  23. December 12, 2013

    Government suppliers to face vetting on cyber security

    Companies that want to do business with the UK government will have to be vetted to meet a rigorous new cyber security...

  24. November 27, 2013

    Cabinet minister warns over offshoring civil servant jobs

    Plans to offshore up to 1,000 civil servants’ jobs in a potential £2bn contract for back-office functions across Whitehall...

  25. November 22, 2013

    Tech start-ups find growing charity niche

    Technology start-ups that handle the often bureaucratic process of giving money to charity are becoming a growing niche...

  26. November 19, 2013

    G4S offers to repay £24m for botched tagging contract

    G4S, the embattled security company, has offered to repay £24m after admitting it repeatedly overcharged taxpayers for the...

  27. November 3, 2013

    Whitehall outsourcing is ‘in our interests’

    A ban on replacing civil servants with workers overseas would have a serious impact on the economy, the Cabinet Office...

  28. November 1, 2013

    Company in £1bn Whitehall deal considers sending jobs abroad

    A French outsourcing company that has formed a joint venture with the Cabinet Office to provide back office services to...

  29. October 29, 2013

    Whitehall mandarins fail to pay suppliers on time

    Ministers are breaching their own rules on when they should pay government suppliers, leading to tens of thousands of...

  30. The World

    October 28, 2013

    In pictures: England suffers storm damage

    After days of severe weather warnings and anticipation, England suffered transport chaos and widespread power cuts this...

  31. FT Alphaville

    October 28, 2013

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - “Elegant bribery” - Bank of Chongqing tells the truth. - The hollowing-out of the middle class: It’s...

  32. Off Message

    October 22, 2013

    What HealthCare.gov could learn from Britain

    Barack Obama’s two presidential campaign teams used voter databases, digital marketing, social media and targeted...

  33. October 16, 2013

    Whitehall to shake up security classifications

    The days when a Whitehall milk rota could be categorised as “restricted” are to be banished in the first shake-up in...

  34. October 1, 2013

    Bank of England advertises for chair of court

    The government has advertised for a chair of the Bank of England’s court of directors, offering a 60 per cent pay rise to...

  35. September 15, 2013

    French IT company in offshore threat to civil service jobs

    More than 1,000 civil servants face the threat of having their jobs sent offshore after being transferred to a French IT...

  36. September 11, 2013

    Blacklisted companies face ban from public contracts

    David Cameron has admitted that the government needs to look again at how to ban some companies from bidding for public...

  37. FT Data

    September 9, 2013

    How well is the Information Commissioner doing?

    A few weeks ago, the Financial Times leader column – the voice of the newspaper – issued a fairly damning verdict on the...

  38. September 9, 2013

    Revised growth data boost Japan sales tax calls

    Japan’s economy expanded at a significantly faster rate in the second quarter than initially reported, increasing the...

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