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PASC calls for dedicated minister & single portal for complaints

17 April 2014

There should be a single point of contact for citizens wishing to make complaints about government and a new minister for policy on complaints handling, the Public Administration Select Committee has said.

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Defra officials sent on farm visits as deregulatory drive promises dramatic cuts in rules and guidance

17 April 2014

More than 100 civil servants in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have got their boots muddy in a series of farm visits aimed at improving their understanding of farming.

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BIS and digital team reveal cross-Whitehall ICT inclusion strategy

17 April 2014

The Government Digital Service (GDS) and the business department (BIS) will establish a cross-government digital capability and skills programme to help citizens use digital services.

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DE&S finally wins pay freedoms

16 April 2014

The Ministry of Defence’s Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S) division was this month turned into an arm’s-length body and given an exemption from Treasury salary controls and civil service-wide promotion criteria.

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Labour plans Fast Stream targets to improve BME recruitment

16 April 2014

A Labour government would set targets for the proportion of people from BME and working class backgrounds joining the Fast Stream, as part of a drive to improve diversity across the civil service.

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Arrivals, moves and departures

16 April 2014

Dr Vanessa Lawrence (pictured) has stepped down as director-general of Ordnance Survey after 14 years in the role.

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Heywood and Macpherson investigate ‘electioneering’ letter

16 April 2014

Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood (pictured) and Treasury permanent secretary Sir Nicholas Macpherson are to investigate whether the prime minister broke government rules by writing an official letter to nearly two million businesses on the eve of European elections.

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MPs say ‘complacency’ allowed Taliban raid on Camp Bastion

16 April 2014

Inadequate defences and complacency led to the 2012 attack on Camp Bastion, the Commons’ Defence Committee said yesterday.

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Appointments reform ruled out

16 April 2014

The Civil Service Commission won’t reform the appointment process for permanent secretaries without the backing of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), first civil service commissioner Sir David Normington has told CSW.

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G4S cleared to bid for government contracts again

11 April 2014

Outsourcing giant G4S has been cleared to bid for government contracts after it was barred from doing so earlier this year following an over-charging scandal.

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Lawrence to leave Ordnance Survey after 14 years

3 April 2014

Dr Vanessa Lawrence, director general and chief executive of Ordnance Survey, is leaving the organisation at the end of the year.

Sedwill looks into diversity

3 April 2014

Mark Sedwill, permanent secretary at the Home Office, has commissioned an academic study into staff development and performance management after staff expressed fears that a “glass ceiling” is prev