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    1. April 27, 2015

      Government moves to stop suppliers disclosing contract details

      Cabinet officials are engaged in a row with outsourcing companies over attempts to prevent them from disclosing information...

    2. April 21, 2015

      General election: Half a million in late rush to register to vote

      Nearly half a million people took advantage of their last chance to register to vote before next month’s UK general...

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    1. Westminster Blog

      April 21, 2015

      Last minute dash to register to vote

      Nearly half a million people on Monday took advantage of their last chance to get on the electoral register before the...

    2. April 3, 2015

      Sturgeon denies claim she prefers Cameron to Miliband as PM

      The Cabinet Secretary has launched an investigation into the leak of a UK government memo claiming Scotland’s first minister...

    3. March 24, 2015

      Outsourcer calls for independent watchdog in transparency drive

      One of the world’s biggest outsourcing companies has urged the UK government to set up an independent regulator to monitor...

    4. March 23, 2015

      Whitehall to lure business chiefs with salaries higher than PM

      Senior figures from the business world are to be drafted into government on salaries higher than David Cameron’s in an...

    5. March 18, 2015

      Claims of intimidation as UK civil service gagging rules set out

      The government was accused of seeking to “intimidate civil servants into silence” after new rules were published requiring...

    6. February 25, 2015

      Ministers aim to boost SMEs by speeding payments

      The UK government aims to protect smaller companies from long payment delays through plans to implement EU rules on public...

    7. February 22, 2015

      Whitehall gets the digital message

      At the Government Digital Service in central London, dressed-down staff do their best to foster an atmosphere that is more...

    8. February 13, 2015

      A singular election that will test the civil service

      With barely two and a half months to go until the general election, I cannot help thinking that my successor, Sir Jeremy...

    9. February 11, 2015

      Merger of Treasury and Cabinet functions proposed

      A single UK Office of Budget and Management — combining the functions of the Treasury and Cabinet Office — has been proposed...

    10. February 4, 2015

      UK plans to sell off historic government buildings

      Plans to sell off a swath of historic government buildings to property developers mean civil servants will be moving from...

    11. January 28, 2015

      Whitehall comfort-class travel bill hits £100m

      About £100m has been spent on taxis, business-class flights and first-class rail travel by UK government officials in the...

    12. January 27, 2015

      ‘Havoc’ looms for UK taxman, MPs warn

      The UK’s ability to collect tax will be put at risk by planned changes to IT contracts, according to MPs, who warned that a...

    13. January 8, 2015

      Whitehall under fire for late payment of bills to SMEs

      The government has been urged to improve payments to small companies for public sector work after an official report found...

    14. December 22, 2014

      Private group to help exchequer chase £20bn debts

      Ministers have struck a deal with a private US-owned company in an attempt to collect more than £20bn in debt owed to the...

    15. December 10, 2014

      G4S and Serco won Whitehall work despite being ‘on probation’

      Five government departments awarded G4S and Serco fresh work during a period in which Whitehall “gave the impression” that...

    16. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement: Osborne targets £15bn Whitehall savings

      Whitehall departments will have to find billions more in efficiency savings in the next parliament, George Osborne said on...

    17. November 30, 2014

      Reform of ‘dysfunctional’ local UK pensions opposed

      Plans to save up to £660m in annual running costs for the 89 funds that comprise the UK Local Government Pension Scheme face...

    18. November 5, 2014

      Ministers urge groups to disclose cyber attacks

      Ministers have called on companies to admit when they are hit by cyber attacks so the insurance industry can develop cover...

    19. October 31, 2014

      How David Cameron wooed Scottish business before referendum

      David Cameron hosted executives from 15 Scottish businesses in Downing Street last January, many of whom later spoke out...

    20. October 29, 2014

      Civil service chief to step down from SABMiller board role

      John Manzoni, the new chief executive of the UK civil service, will step down from his board position at brewer SABMiller...

    21. October 15, 2014

      PM wins battle for final say on top civil service posts

      The prime minister is to be given the final choice on the appointment of the most senior civil servants, in a reform that...

    22. October 1, 2014

      Equiniti takes controlling stake in Whitehall pensions body

      A private company has taken a controlling stake in the organisation that administers the UK civil service pension scheme, as...

    23. FT Alphaville

      September 23, 2014

      Anticipating the quantum computing risk

      Last week we attended the SINET conference on cyber-security innovation. One discussion we didn’t get the chance to follow...

    24. September 15, 2014

      Blame game begins as PM makes his final pitch for No vote

      David Cameron has made a final appeal to Scots to vote No and avoid a “painful divorce” amid claims that he and his inner...

    25. September 8, 2014

      Japan GDP revision raises further doubts on second sales tax rise

      April’s consumption tax rise dealt a heavier blow to Japan’s economy than initially reported, raising further questions over...

    26. September 4, 2014

      Whitehall aims to ban all-male shortlists for senior jobs

      All-male shortlists and selection panels for senior UK civil service jobs will be banned in all but exceptional...

    27. September 3, 2014

      Whitehall’s new boss needs powers

      Britain used to boast that it possessed a “Rolls-Royce” civil service. These days the analogy is more likely to be with a...

    28. August 26, 2014

      Timetable slip delivers further blow to UK government IT projects

      Sweeping plans for Whitehall departments to share back-office services are running behind schedule in the latest blow to the...

    29. August 25, 2014

      Business big hitters are wary of Whitehall

      If you are a business leader and you yearn to spearhead reforms to British bureaucracy, you have until the end of next week...

    30. August 18, 2014

      UK business chiefs turn down new Whitehall post

      Whitehall is struggling to recruit its first chief executive, with several business leaders having turned down approaches...

    31. FT Alphaville

      August 6, 2014

      How resilient is Japan to the higher consumption tax?

      Japan raised its consumption tax rate by 3 percentage points back in April. Unsurprisingly, spending jumped in the few...

    32. August 6, 2014

      Senior civil servant Stephen Kelly to head Sage

      One of the leaders of a drive to bring business-style efficiency into the British civil service has stepped down, sparking...

    33. July 28, 2014

      Whitehall chief must have private sector background, says advert

      The person appointed as Whitehall’s first “chief executive” must have a boardroom background and could be paid more than the...

    34. July 22, 2014

      Thousands more public jobs to be spun off in drive to shrink the state

      Ministers are pressing ahead with plans to shift thousands more public sector workers in health, central government and...

    35. July 22, 2014

      Francis Maude accused by Labour of ‘bashing’ civil service

      Civil service bashing has led to the worst crisis in Whitehall morale in living memory, according to Labour, which attacked...

    36. July 18, 2014

      Conservatives to toughen rules for strike ballots

      The Conservatives are to go ahead with a manifesto proposal to impose a 50 per cent turnout threshold for any strike ballot...

    37. July 15, 2014

      Companies House moves to transparency by making digital data free

      Companies House is to make all its digital data available free of charge from next spring, which the government says will...

    38. July 10, 2014

      Tories eye strike ballot reform as public workers walk out

      Ministers claimed fewer than half a million public sector workers took part in a one-day strike on Thursday, while union...

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