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Influencing behaviour through public policy

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A new report, which looks at how behaviour change theory can be used to make better policies and improve outcomes for citizens, has been published today.

Influencing behaviour through public policy [Civil Service website]

 

Cabinet Office response to PCS ballot

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Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has responded to the result of the ballot by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union.

Sir Gus O'Donnell gives evidence on elections

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The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, today gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the constitutional processes following a general election. As well as answering the committee's questions, he also asked them to consider this draft document setting out the existing election rules and processes. The draft document is the first chapter to be completed of a broader Cabinet Office manual that the Cabinet Secretary plans to publish later in the year.

Youth Engagement

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Young People should take responsibility for their future and tell politicians their ideas, says the Minister for Youth Engagement and Citizenship. In an official Government response to the independent Youth Citizenship Commission, Dawn Butler, has called for young people “to use their voice to tell us what they want.”

Agreement reached on new Civil Service Compensation Scheme

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After 18 months of discussions, the Cabinet Office has reached agreement with five Civil Service unions – the FDA, Prospect, the Prison Officers Association, GMB and Unite - about reforming the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. This is the scheme which sets out what departments should pay staff who are made redundant, or who volunteer for early exit programmes.

Full details about the new terms are available in the pensions section.

Release of the UK Government ICT Strategy

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The need to transform public services and to fully exploit ICT to achieve this is accelerating. To meet increasing demand within this complex technology arena, the UK public sector has built an ICT infrastructure that in many instances duplicates solutions across different areas of Government. The ICT strategy will ensure that the infrastructure will go through a process of standardisation and simplification based on the premise of a common infrastructure designed to enable local delivery suited to local needs.

European Union Compact for Jobs and Growth

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A UK publication containing proposals for a European Compact for Jobs and Growth to address the key challenges Europe faces over the coming decade. A Compact to ensure coherence between the existing tools and pillars of EU economic policy, including the Stability and Growth Pact, a structural reform programme to succeed the Lisbon Strategy and financial services reform.

Protecting Information in Government Report

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In June 2008, we published the first report into cross government data handling procedures. That report put in place a set of unprecedented mandatory measures for government departments to improve the way they manage and handle personal data. Protecting Information in Government takes stock of the progress made since the publication of the Data Handling Review and highlights future challenges.

New Year Honours List 2010

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The 2010 New Year Honours List is published today recognising outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the United Kingdom. More women have been honoured than ever before, making up 45 per cent of the list, including six Dames and 38 CBEs.

Learning from the Past: Tackling worklessness and the social impacts of the recession

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The Social Exclusion Task Force has published Learning from the Past: Tackling worklessness and the social impacts of the recession. It argues that beating the social impacts of recession is crucial in preventing the downward spiral into long-term worklessness that the country has seen in the past.

Building Britain's Recovery

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Over 100,000 new opportunities for young people will mean that everyone under 25 will be guaranteed a job, training or work experience after six months unemployment, announced Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper today. She also announced a guarantee that every person on benefits for at least six months, whatever their age, would be at least £40 a week better off when moving into work. This new back to work credit will guarantee work pays.

This is the next step in the reform of the welfare system to make sure work pays and help people off benefits and into jobs, reforms which are supported by major changes to Housing Benefit also published today. The White Paper “Building Britain's Recovery: Achieving Full Employment” sets out a £400 million programme over the next 18 months, including £300 million to tackle youth unemployment.

Putting the Frontline First

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Putting the Frontline First: smarter government was launched in a major speech by the Prime Minister to the Institute for Government. He explained how the programme contained in Putting the Frontline First: smarter government would tackle head-on the challenges and opportunities of the next decade, when the public will expect more accountability and openness and a bigger say in the in the decisions that affect their daily lives.