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On Tuesday 6th July the Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament in response to the serious allegations that have been made about the role the UK has played in the treatment of detainees held by other countries, and set out how the Government intends to settle the issues of the past, make clear the rules of operation for the future, and build a framework for justice that enhances both security and liberty.
As part of the Government's deficit reduction plan, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that he will begin the process of introducing legislation as soon as possible to cap the amount of redundancy payments made to civil servants to bring them in line with the best practice in the private sector.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has announced that there will be a referendum on the Alternative Vote system on 5 May 2011 and that the constituency boundaries will be reviewed before the next election.
In his statement to the House of Commons he said, "These are big, fundamental reforms we are proposing, but we are all duty bound to respond to public demand for political reform. That is how we restore people's faith in their politics once again."
In a further drive to make government as transparent as possible, the Cabinet Office has published details of everyone working in Non Departmental Public Bodies, also known as quangos, who earns more than £150,000. It is the first time this information has been published in one place and some of it has never been made public before.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will today issue a call to arms against pointless regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy, asking the public how they want the Government to redress the balance between the citizen and the state.
Baroness Neville-Jones text from the introductory speech to the Homeland Security and Border Conference Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre 1 July 2010.
Ian Watmore, the former Chief Executive of the Football Association and a former Permanent Secretary, is to become the new Chief Operating Officer at the head of the Efficiency and Reform Group. This is an appointment at Permanent Secretary level.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that Lord Browne of Madingley will become the Government’s lead Non-Executive Director. In this important new role, one of his first tasks will be to work with Secretaries of State to appoint Non-Executive Directors to the board of each government department. He will also work closely with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, on overhauling how departmental boards are run and improving governance across Whitehall.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched a £1 billion Regional Growth Fund to help areas and communities at risk of being particularly affected by public spending cuts. Both private bodies and public-private partnerships will be able to bid for funding by demonstrating that their proposal will bring in private investment, and support sustainable increases in private sector jobs and growth in their area.
Members of the House of Lords will in future only be allowed to claim a maximum of £300 for every day they attend the Upper House, Lord’s Leader Lord Strathclyde has announced. At the moment, Lords can claim up to £335.50 per day. The Senior Salaries Review Board (SSRB) has suggested a new rate of £340, but Lord Strathclyde decided on a lower rate of £300. This is 10% less than the current maximum, and 12% less than the figure recommended by the SSRB.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has said that everyone will be invited to comment on new principles for transparency and open data and put forward new suggestions for data sets they want to see released.
Nigel Smith, Chief Executive at the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), has today confirmed he will be leaving his post when his current contract expires in September. Nigel took up his three year tenure in 2007 to lead the OGC, which recently moved from HM Treasury to the Cabinet Office to form part of the Efficiency and Reform Group.
In a speech to a dinner organised by international development charity Muslin Hands on 23 June, Baroness Warsi, the Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, outlined the importance of Britain’s role in tackling poverty around the world.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has pledged to scrap hundreds of unnecessary and expensive government websites and slash the cost of the remaining sites to save millions of pounds.
As part of the Government's drive to increase transparency and accountability, the Prime Minister has announced that the internet entrepreneur, Martha Lane Fox, will be the new ‘UK Digital Champion’. Her role will focus on encouraging as many people as possible to go online, and improving the convenience and efficiency of public services by driving online delivery.
The Cabinet Office has conducted an exercise to collect information on the total number of people working for government, including the numbers of consultants, contractors and agency staff. This information has never previously been centrally collated.