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Awards honour extraordinary work of Civil Servants

Cabinet Office crestAnnouncement of the Civil Service Awards that took place in Buckingham Palace honouring Civil Servants – both in Britain and overseas - who have done something extraordinary to make people’s lives better.

First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments preferred candidate selected

Cabinet Office crestFollowing an open recruitment exercise, Sir David Normington, currently Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate for appointment to the dual role of First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments in succession to Dame Janet Pareskeva and Dame Janet Gaymer.

Nick Hurd meets the groups making the Big Society a reality in Sheffield

Cabinet Office crestMinister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, today visited local community groups in Sheffield to see first hand the work they do delivering public services on the ground and to hear their views on the Government’s vision for a Big Society.

Letter to civil society organisations

Cabinet Office crestUpdate on the outcomes of the Spending Review and the opportunities and challenges it presents for civil society organisations. An open letter from the Minister of the Cabinet Office and Minister for Civil Society.

National Citizen Service (NCS) pilots announced

Cabinet Office crestTwelve groups have been selected to run the first National Citizen Service (NCS) pilot project. The project will be a seven to eight week voluntary programme including a two week residential element involving tough physical challenges and a community element, where young people will develop social action projects to help their communities.

Charities Minister calls on financiers to support social investment

Cabinet Office crestA new investment market that measures returns in social as well as financial value could close the gap between business and charity once and for all, the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd told delegates at the JP Morgan annual charities seminar.

Pre-release access to official statistics policy released

Cabinet Office crestThe UK Government recently considered its policy on pre-release access to official statistics, which came into force on 1 December 2008. After careful consideration, Government has decided to maintain the existing time period of 24 hours. The review announced by the previous Government, was to assess the new arrangements of 24 hours (from up to 5 days previously) 12 months after they had been in force. The review identified that further tightening of the rules on pre-release access is very likely to impact on Government’s ability to be properly accountable to the public. This report provides further details of the review and its findings.

University funding reforms will "promote social mobility"

Cabinet Office crestHigher education should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said in a podcast discussing the Government's plans to reform higher education funding.

BIG Fund to deliver new £100million government support for charities 

Cabinet Office crestA new £100million fund to help the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that are most vulnerable to public spending cuts will be opened at the end of this month and will be managed by BIG Fund, Nick Hurd Minister for Civil Society announced today.   

Full press release about the fund

Best practice for councils managing spending cuts with civil society

Cabinet Office crestNick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, today published examples of how local authorities can work well with charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises to minimise the impact of any spending cuts.

Full press release about best practice for councils managing spending cuts

 

Downing Street Summit – Green Paper to put Big Society at the heart of public service reform

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Ministers have pledged swift action to open up new opportunities in public services as charity, voluntary and social enterprise sector leaders gathered at No11 Downing Street for a summit on their future in public services.

Francis Maude outlines plans to open up Government to small businesses

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As part of the cross-Government drive to boost support for millions of Britain’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced a series of measures to make it easier for small firms and organisations to do business with government.

New legislation introduced to enable Quango reforms

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The Public Bodies Bill, which will ensure the necessary legal framework is in place for the Government to carry out its public bodies reforms, has been published in Parliament. Earlier this month, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, summarised plans to substantially reform hundreds of public bodies as part of the Government’s commitment to radically increase the transparency and accountability of all public services and enable the Government to operate in a more efficient way.

Ministers forge ahead with transparency agenda

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The Government took another important step in the new era of transparency  as it published details of hospitality and gifts received by ministers and special advisers, ministerial meetings with external organisations and all overseas trips by ministers across government.

New £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund goes live

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Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has declared the Government’s £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund open for business. The fund will support communities currently over dependent on the public sector. Businesses and local communities will now be able to bid for financial help to boost private sector growth and create jobs in their area.

Cabinet Office Spending Review settlement

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In line with the Government’s determination to tackle Britain’s deficit, the Cabinet Office has announced today that it will reduce its core resource budget by 35% in real terms, from £280m in 2010-11 to £200m by 2014-15.

Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty - The Strategic Defence and Security Review

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The Government has published its Strategic Defence and Security Review: "Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty", which which sets out how we will deliver the priorities identified in the National Security Strategy. It describes how we will equip our armed forces, our police and intelligence agencies to tackle the threats we face today and in the future.

Minister sees Hertfordshire Big Society in action

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Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, visited voluntary and community groups in Hertfordshire to see their work first hand and discuss the Government’s vision for a Big Society.

“No stone unturned” Francis Maude unveils millions in efficiency savings

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The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, today promised to leave “no stone unturned” in the hunt for more efficiency savings at the centre of government, so it can address the deficit while protecting the front line. He made the promise as he set out hundreds of millions of pounds in efficiency savings that have already been made because of actions led by the newly established Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG).

A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty - The National Security Strategy

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The Government has published its National Security Strategy: “A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty”, which outlines our reappraisal of Britain’s role in the world, the risks to our security and their implication for the UK.

New structure charts give insight into organisation of Government  Cabinet Office crest

As part of its ongoing drive to make the Government more accountable, the Cabinet Office has published new details about civil servants working at the heart of government.

Fairness at the heart of Coalition policy, says Deputy Prime Minister

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News story and full text of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s speech “Putting a Premium on Fairness” delivered at Spires Junior School, Chesterfield.

Lord Young restores common sense to health and safety and the compensation culture

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Lord Young of Graffham, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Health and Safety Law and Practice, has published his report Common Sense, Common Safety, examining the country’s perceived compensation culture and the impact of health and safety regulations on businesses and personal freedom.

Big Society strategy for charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises

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A strategy to support charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises was unveiled by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society today. It is the first step towards helping civil society organisations grasp new opportunities arising from the massive devolution of power to local communities and reform of public services that underpins the Big Society.

Quango reforms herald new age of accountability in Government

Cabinet Office crestMinister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has today summarised plans to substantially reform a large number of Public Bodies across government. The review is part of the Government’s commitment to radically increase the transparency and accountability of all public services. 

Sir Philip Green reports findings of his review into Government efficiency

Cabinet Office crest The Government has consistently failed to make the most of its scale, buying power and credit rating, that is the key finding of Sir Philip Green’s review into Government efficiency.

Government concludes negotiations on Civil Service redundancy scheme

Cabinet Office crest The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that the Government has concluded its negotiations with five Civil Service unions (FDA, Prospect, Prison Officers’ Association, GMB, Unite) on a new Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS). The scheme, which covers all civil servants, sets out the level of compensation that can be paid if they are made redundant.

Francis Maude visits Central Surrey Health, a model of Big Society innovation and efficiency

Cabinet Office crest A groundbreaking social enterprise, pioneering big society approaches in health services was praised for its innovation and efficiency by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he visited the Leatherhead Community Hospital run by Central Surrey Health.

Deputy Prime Minister’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly

Cabinet Office crest Text of the speech by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made at the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 2010.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit

Cabinet Office crest Text of the speech by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit

Voters to register individually by 2014

Cabinet Office crest Voters will be asked to register individually from 2014 in order to modernise the electoral registration system and tackle fraud, the Government has announced.

Annual Meeting of the Committee on Standards in Public Life

Cabinet Office crest The text of the speech by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on reforming politics.

Governing for the long-term: A Horizon Shift

Cabinet Office crest The text of the speech by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to the Institute for Government "Governing for the long-term: A Horizon Shift".

Deputy Prime Minister announces next phase of Your Freedom

Cabinet Office crest Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has thanked the public for their contribution to the Your Freedom debate, which he launched on 1 July. Now that 46,000 people have left 14,000 ideas and 95,000 comments on the Your Freedom website, Mr Clegg said that it is time for ministers and officials to set to work examining every idea to see what might be feasible and how it might be brought into effect. This phase of Your Freedom will begin on Friday 10 September, after which the site will not be accepting new comments or ideas.

Launch of the second wave of the National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises

Cabinet Office crest The second wave of the National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises has been launched which gives charities, social enterprises and voluntary and community groups in every local authority area an opportunity to have their voices heard.

Deputy Prime Minister highlights green deal at launch of low carbon business support project

Cabinet Office crest Plans for a new Green Deal for households and businesses were outlined by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as he spoke of the Government's "quiet green revolution" to create jobs and protect the environment.

Deputy Prime Minister to champion Social Mobility

Cabinet Office crest News release stating how Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to lead government efforts to improve social mobility and confirmed the appointment of former Labour MP Alan Milburn to undertake independent, annual reviews of progress towards a more socially mobile society.

Big Society red tape purge

Cabinet Office crest Announcement that Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts will lead a new cutting red-tape taskforce to flush out burdens on the voluntary sector by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, and Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise.

Sir Philip Green to lead Government Efficiency Review

Cabinet Office crest Sir Philip Green, who runs the UK’s largest privately family owned clothing retailer Arcadia Group, has been asked by the Prime Minister to lead an external Efficiency Review into government spending.