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Francis Maude said that the Civil Service had some of the best staff in the world but had “fallen back” in its effectiveness. “It absolutely contains some of the best civil servants in the world… but in terms of the effectiveness… it has... Continue to article
Dave Penman accused the Government of reneging on a pay deal made previously with public sector workers by proposing a cap on redundancy pay. “We negotiated the redundancy arrangements in the civil service with this government, with a C... Continue to article
Priti Patel said new proposals by the Conservtaive party to cap publc setor redundancy payouts at £95,000 would put and end to six figure ‘golden goodbyes’. “This is very much about building upon our existing achievements around cutting ... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2:30pm: Communities and Local Government questions (topicals at 3:15pm) Main business Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) Regulations 2014: Motion to revoke Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (Day 2... Continue to article
A by-election takes place to elect two hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords following the death of Viscount Allenby and the retirement of Lord Cobbold Prime Minister David Cameron continues his visit to Turkey before traveling t... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the #WeProtect Children Online summit in London and announces new plans to tackle child abuse on the internet. He also attends cross party talks in Belfast with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny Leader of ... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron visits Turkey Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (4:00pm) and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (12:30pm) speak at the Britain against cancer conference (Central Hall, Westminster) Energy Secretary Ed Davey a... Continue to article
Polling stations for the Rochester and Strood by-election are open until 10:00pm. Results are expected on Friday morning. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visits Latvia Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander hosts a discussio... Continue to article
Nicky Morgan dismissed claims that the previous education secretary Michael Gove had a fractious relationship with teachers. “All I can say is that everything I have read that Michael said about teachers was actually very positive. But a... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne is expected to make an announcement on Libor; and hosts a reception at 11 Downing Street for military charities Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hosts the Centre for Cities Northern Futures summit in Leeds (10:0... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has suggested that senior civil servants could be sacked if they fail to implement Government policy effectively enough. The plan has been suggested by the Institute for Public Policy Research as a way to achieve greater civil service accountability.
Conservative MPs urged party members to stockpile fuel supplies to increase panic over fuel supplies and "humiliate" the unions, the Telegraph reports.
In a private message to members seen by the newspaper, MPs compared the current row to the fuel shortage in the 1980s, saying: "This is our Thatcher moment."
The union Unite's general secretary, Len McCluskey, accused the Conservatives of using the motorists as "pawns" in their "blame game". He called on the party to "come clean" over the suggestions arising from their messages to members.
Earlier today, the Government changed its advice to motorists, saying there is now "no urgent need" to top up on fuel after two days of panic buying.
Yesterday Unite ruled out any strike action over the Easter weekend, easing the burden on fuel supplies.
Labour have kept up the pressure on Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who suggested the public should store fuel in jerry cans, after a woman in York suffered severe burns decanting petrol in her kitchen.
The opposition MP John Mann told the BBC this morning that Mr Maude's comments were "inappropriate, dangerous and reckless" and called for David Cameron to replace him with someone "who is up to the job".
An army of "dedicated young people" will spend three quarters of a million hours helping their communities to tackle the social problems that matter most to them, Francis Maude will announce today.
The Cabinet Office Minister will reveal plans for the National Citizen Service 2012 which will enable young people to "gain valuable life experience and new skills, make friends from all walks of life and prepare themselves for their futures".
Welcoming the scheme, David Cameron said: "I want every 16-year-old in our country to be given this opportunity, making them feel more part of our country and helping to build the bigger, stronger society we all want."
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has been attacked for apparently boasting about making the UK a tax haven for the rich. Mr Maude - dubbed the "Minister for Panic" by the Sun - said the accusation the Government wanted to make the UK a place for wealthy foreigners to avoid high taxes was "a compliment".
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude will tell Conservatives they must back gay marriage to gain support from unmarried, ethnic minority and City supporters in a speech later today.
He will say Tories have not done enough to change "backward-looking social attitudes" in the party and warn that opposition to marriage equality will make them "unacceptable and unelectable".
Civil servants have been accused of living in a "parallel universe" after leaked documents showed they could claim compensation for laddered tights or snagged suits. The news will come as a blow to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who only this week said reforms under the Coalition were creating a "much leaner, more effective Whitehall machine".
11/01/2015 on Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4
03/01/2015 on BBC News
03/01/2015 on Today, BBC Radio 4
10/11/2014 on Newsnight, BBC Two
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