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Honours list and emblem released

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The New Year Honours List has been released and, as usual, reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievements and services right across the community. This year also sees the creation of a new emblem which is designed to be worn on the everyday clothing of those who have been appointed to the Order of the British Empire.

Government response to the Charter Mark review published

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The Government response to the independent report by Bernard Herdan – ‘The Customer Voice in Transforming Public Services’ is published today. The Government thanks Mr Herdan and welcomes the report recommendations.

Government simplification plans published

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The Prime Minister and Cabinet Office Minister, Pat McFadden, have unveiled a government-wide action plan identifying over 500 ways to reduce red tape. The government ‘Simplification Plans’ will save business and the third sector over 2 billion in administrative costs.

Plan for third sector role in public services and interim third sector review published

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The Office of the Third Sector has published two reports to strengthen the partnership between government and the third sector: Partnership in Public Services: an Action Plan for Third Sector Involvement, and the interim report on the review of the future role of the third sector.

Naomi Eisenstadt has been appointed the Director of Social Exclusion Task Force

Naomi Eisenstadt CB

The former Chief Adviser on Children's Services at the Department for Education and Skill (DFES) Naomi Eisenstadt has now been appointed the Director of Social Exclusion Task Force in the Cabinet Office.

2006 social enterprise action plan launched

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A new action plan for social enterprise entitled “Social Enterprise Action Plan: Scaling new heights” has been launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, and Cabinet Office Ministers Hilary Armstrong and Ed Miliband. The plan aims to raise awareness of what social enterprises can achieve and encourage more participation and investment.

A friend for life for Looked after children

Hilary Armstrong MP

Hilary Armstrong spoke at an Institute of Education Conference, highlighting research showing that children in care need more of a voice. The Cabinet Office Minister for social exclusion talked about giving children in care a ‘friend for life’, and how government and authorities should not be afraid to intervene where care services fail to listen to children's needs.

Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act

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The Legislative & Regulatory Reform Act received Royal Assent on 8 November 2006. It aims to make it quicker and easier to tackle unnecessary or over-complicated regulation and help bring about a risk-based approach to regulation.

Hazel Blears speaks about young people's attitudes towards democracy and politics

Hazel Blears MP

Hazel Blears, Minister without Portfolio, speaks about young people's attitudes towards democracy and politics, and warns of a democratic demographic timebomb.