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Opposition's deputy leader named as new shadow minister for the Cabinet Office
Labour's new leader promotes Lucy Powell to shadow education
Speed of MoJ's responses to Freedom of Information requests comes under scrutiny from the Information Commissioner's Office
Lin Homer tells MPs on the Public Accounts Committee that HMRC's "most basic" jobs will continue to be cut as department reduces number of sites across UK
Former head of the civil service tells chancellor at Lords committee hearing that he believes argument for running a surplus is a "smokescreen" for a smaller state
DfE perm sec tells MPs on the Public Accounts committee that Care Leavers Strategy – sharply criticised by the spending watchdog – marks "very important step" in improving support for young people leaving care system
Tory MPs could rebel after government offers concessions on EU referendum vote "purdah" period
Care Quality Commission chief David Behan tells NHS Innovation Expo that public reassurance vital after data on patients attending sexual health treatment centre accidentally shared
Current GDS chief operating officer Stephen Foreshew-Cain "stepping up to lead" the service – with four more leaders moving on
Public and Commercial Services union makes "strong representations" to tax authority about "timescale and process" of 90-day talks, which department says may result in compulsory redundancies
Exclusive: Tax authority says it will aim to "avoid the need for compulsory redundancies" when 90-day process opens next week
Government Digital Services chief Mike Bracken – who is leaving the unit in September – to become chief digital officer at the Co-op group
Unionised civil servants to lose right to automatic payroll deduction of fees - known as “check-off” - under plans set out by Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock
Redundancy pay cap unveiled by ministers – but unions warn of impact on workforce management
As director general of the powerful Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, it’s the job of Antonia Romeo to make sure Cabinet decisions don’t get lost in the Whitehall machine. Matt Foster meets her
Union – which currently represents the most senior tiers of the civil service – launches new organisation aiming to expand into HEO and SEO grades
Philip Hammond tells MPs that while Treasury's 25% and 40% cuts call likely to be "aspirational", FCO must make "strategic" savings
Treasury says spending review - set for November 25 - will be a chance to "review the role of government"
Annual report from the Civil Service Commission says senior civil service pay curbs could lead to loss of "some of the most talented" officials
BIS and DfE urged to take "strategic" action over struggling colleges, while separate report confirms that the Skills Funding Agency's accounts have been qualified
PCS members in two-day walkout over "oppressive" Universal Credit working conditions, but department says plans in place for "smooth running" of the service
Former Treasury perm sec Lord Burns to review Freedom of Information laws and consider "safe space" argument, while Cabinet Office takes over responsibility for FOI from the Ministry of Justice
Letters published on Thursday night show that Cabinet Office perm sec sought rare ministerial direction over fresh grant to the charity, but Matt Hancock and Oliver Letwin say they had agreed "clear conditions" for the funding
Department for Work and Pensions accounts qualified again as NAO says fraud and error in the benefits system "remains unacceptably high"
Prime minister urges Whitehall officials to make communications "brief, simple, human and jargon-free"
PAC chair Meg Hillier accuses the DCLG perm sec of "sophistry" as Melanie Dawes seeks to explain communities department's handling of scheme to free up public land for new homes
Justice secretary stresses that departmental non-execs – designed to sharpen outside scrutiny of Whitehall – are ministerial appointments, after overseeing shake-up of MoJ board
Former health secretary says top civil servant's judgement "open to question" as MPs launch inquiry into "purdah" rule change ahead of EU vote
Chancellor uses first Conservative-only Budget to announce four more years of public sector pay restraint
"Robespierre terror" of Public Accounts Committee under former chair Margaret Hodge will be copied by more MPs, former health secretary warns officials
Future Reserves 2020 moves from "Amber/Red" to "Red" rating in Major Projects Authority's latest assessment, but Ministry of Defence says scheme "on schedule to realise its benefits"
Report by the National Audit Office says Cabinet Office’s Talent Action Plan on Whitehall diversity needs measures “to track progress and help sustain momentum”
BIS perm sec Martin Donnelly requests rare "letter of direction" from minister Sajid Javid after raising value-for-money concerns over plan to gift extra shares to Royal Mail staff
Philip Hammond says campaigning to stay in a reformed Europe is "clear" government position
Number 10 spokesperson denies new units tracking policy progress are a "judgement on the civil service"
Lord Kerslake, former head of the civil service, says it is "highly doubtful" government can secure like-for-like replacement of housing association properties sold off under new scheme