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250 Border Force staff suffer from ‘itchy’ uniforms, chief tells committee

24 July 2014

Border Force director general Sir Charles Montgomery rejected suggestions by Home Affairs Select Committee chair Keith Vaz (pictured) that 250 border guards are suing the organisation over its new “itchy” uniforms.

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Arup chief confirmed as Environment Agency chairman

23 July 2014

Sir Philip Dilley has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Environment Agency, and will take up the post on 8 September 2014.

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NAO: HMRC ‘should urgently invest’ in commercial skills

23 July 2014

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) “should urgently invest in its operational, technical and commercial skills,” a report by the National Audit Office has found.

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Home Office struggles to get a handle on visa backlog

22 July 2014

The Home Office has managed to absorb the former UK Border Agency back into the Department without a significant fall in performance, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report published today.

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Obesity campaign wrongly awarded Cabinet Office cash

21 July 2014

The Cabinet Office amended and then broke its own rules for awarding grants, a National Audit Office (NAO) published today explains.

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Government to buy only British food from 2017

21 July 2014

The government will commit to buying British food from 2017 under new guidelines encouraging the whole public sector — including schools and hospitals — to do the same, it has been announced today.

Companies House to give out digital data for free

18 July 2014

Companies House is to make all of its digital data available for free from April 2015.

DWP permanent secretary rejects NAO Work Programme findings

18 July 2014

Robert Devereux, permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, has rejected the National Audit Office's conclusion that the Work Programme is no more effective than its predecessors.

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CS ‘key’ barrier to devolution, says Clive Betts

18 July 2014

The civil service is “one of the key players in resisting the devolution” of powers from Whitehall to local authorities, Clive Betts, chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, has told CSW. 

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care.data is back, with pilot in 500 GP practices

18 July 2014

The government’s controversial patient record-sharing programme care.data, paused in February after noisy opposition, will be restarted as a pilot this autumn, according to NHS England’s national director for patients and information Tim Kelsey.

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Government drops plans to sell off Land Registry

17 July 2014

Plans to part-privatise the Land Registry have been paused by the government, in a move welcomed by trade unions who have been campaigning against the sell-off.