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Ministry of Justice

MoJ’s civil legal aid reform not achieving “value for money”, says NAO

20 November 2014

The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act is on track to make savings but it is not clear whether the reforms have delivered better value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported today.

Police

Devolve more power and save officer cuts, says Greenhalgh

20 November 2014

Further devolution of budgets and control of the criminal justice system would deliver savings without cutting police numbers, said the deputy mayor of policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh on Monday. 

Lord Browne to leave Whitehall after four years

18 November 2014

Former BP executive Lord Browne will step down from his positions as the lead non-executive director for both the government and the Cabinet Office in January 2015, it was announced today. 

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Fears loom over quality of training and skills in the UK, Skills Commission study reveals

18 November 2014

The UK’s system of training and skills provision is growing increasingly out of step with the needs of the modern economy and that change is needed if the UK workforce is to remain competitively skilled, according to new research.

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UK not part of new open contracting data standard despite “commitment” to open contracts

18 November 2014

Despite a public commitment to open contracting, the UK government has not signed up to a new open contracting data standard that was launched globally today. 

UK Parliament

Parliament ‘bomb scare’ a “false alarm”

17 November 2014

Portcullis House was evacuated this morning after a “suspicious” looking item was found.  Police have since told CSW this was a “false alarm” and people have been allowed back into the building.

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ONS awarded business prize for improving sickness absence process

17 November 2014

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) (pictured) has won the British Quality Foundation’s 2014 Lean Six Sigma Award for its project on improving the processes for dealing with long-term sick leave amongst ONS field staff. 

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CIPFA launches Global Fraud Risk Register

14 November 2014

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) launched the Global Fraud Risk Register, its new global initiative for tackling fraud across the public sector.

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DVLA sponsors Swansea TechHub as part of digital strategy

14 November 2014

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has become a sponsor for TechHub Swansea. Mike Bracken (pictured), head of the Government Digital Service, launched the initiative in Swansea today. 

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David Blackall takes up new role as acting CEO of MPA

14 November 2014

David Blackall took up the position of acting chief executive of the Major Projects Authority (MPA) on 13 October, after being director of operations for a year.

Serco

Serco to sell majority of private sector business and focus on government

14 November 2014

Outsourcing group Serco is selling off the majority of its private sector business process outsourcing (BPO) companies to raise funds and focus on supplying for governments, according to a stock exchange announcement by the firm earlier this week.