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Appointments to the Committee on Standards in Public Life

Cabinet Office crestThe Prime Minister has appointed Lord Alderdice and The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP as Members of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Lord Alderdice replaces Baroness Maddock as the Liberal Democrat party nominee. Margaret Beckett replaces The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP as the Labour party nominee.

Digital by default proposed for government services

Cabinet Office crestNews release about the how public services should, overtime, be delivered online or by other digital means, as the Government has announced in response to a report published by Martha Lane Fox.

Government spend data published in drive to create most transparent and open government ever

Cabinet Office crestMinister for Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has released detailed Government spending data, allowing the public to see for the first time how Government spends its money and hold politicians to account. As part of our ongoing drive to make government more accountable, efficient and transparent than ever before, all departments will publish details of their spending over £25,000 for the last six months.

Nick Clegg slams bullying

Cabinet Office crestTo mark Anti-Bullying Week, the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, today sent a message to young bullies that their behaviour will not be tolerated, that teachers will be given the authority to crack down on bullying, and that schools will be able to deal with bullying even when it occurs away from their premises.

New rights and support for staff mutuals – a Big Society plan for better public services

Cabinet Office crestThe Government is set to roll out new ‘Rights to Provide’ across public services so that employers will be expected to accept suitable proposals from front line staff who want to take over and run their services as mutual organisations, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office is to announce.

Deputy Prime Minister sets out vision for political reform

Cabinet Office crestDeputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will say there needs to be a “fundamental rewiring of power” when delivering the keynote speech at the Political Studies Association/Hansard Society Annual Lecture. The Deputy Prime Minister will say that our political system is out of step with modern life and will set out how the Government plans to change that by reforming the country’s political institutions, decentralising power and protecting civil liberties.

A joint statement by the Heads of MI6 and MI5

Cabinet Office crest Further to the Lord Chancellor's statement in the House on 16 November, Chief of SIS, Sir John Sawers and Director General of the Security Service, Jonathan Evans, welcome the conclusion to the mediation which allows the Agencies to Concentrate on protecting national security."

Cabinet Office Business Plan published

Cabinet Office crestOn Monday 8 November the Prime Minister launched all Departments’ Business Plans covering the period 2011-2015. The Cabinet Office Business Plan includes the Department’s vision, priorities, structural reform plan, departmental expenditure and information on how it is going to become more transparent. The Business Plan is intended fundamentally to change the way the Department is held accountable by the public for putting policies into practice.