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Department response to SBRI inconsistent, new report says

25 November 2014

The department response to the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) has been inconsistent, despite the initiatives potential to help government rebalance the economy by harnessing new technology and creative individuals, said the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of Cambridge in a report published yesterday.

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Manzoni sets out ‘areas for improvement’ in public sector

21 November 2014

New chief executive of the civil service John Manzoni named “clarity, accountability and delegation” as “opportunities for improvement” in public sector management.

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HM Treasury team wins special Civil Service Award

21 November 2014

The Treasury’s Scotland Analysis Programme Team won the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in this year’s Civil Service Awards.


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Civil Service Award winners announced

20 November 2014

This year’s Civil Service Award winners were announced yesterday, at a ceremony held at Lancaster House and featuring speeches by prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

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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.


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. 

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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.