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Get volunteering this summer

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Following confirmation that both Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Minister for the Cabinet Office Tessa Jowell are going to use some of their summer holiday to do community work, the Cabinet Office hopes it will encourage more people to volunteer this year.

Volunteering is fun and can make a huge difference to your local community and society as a whole. While Britain already has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the world, we hope more and more people will get involved in their community.

For information on volunteering, please visit [External website], [External website] (for young people aged 16- 25), or contact your local Volunteer Centre to see what support you can offer.

Public Services Forum: the first five years

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The Cabinet Office has published a report of the first five years of the Public Services Forum (PSF). The PSF was formed in 2003 to improve dialogue between government, trade unions and public sevice employers, and it supports and encourages principles of partnership, workforce involvement and public service improvement.

Fair Access to the professions

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The Panel on Fair Access to the professions has published its final report. Led by the Rt Hon. Alan Milburn its 18 panel members examined the barriers and pathways to reaching professions for all people - regardless of their background.
The report was commissioned by the Prime Minister following the New Opportunities White Paper which examined the issue of social mobility and its importance for the economy and social justice, ensuring everyone has the chance to fulfil their potential and secure the jobs of the future.

List of Cabinet Committees

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The Prime Minister has published an updated Cabinet Committee list. This provides details of new Cabinet Committees which have been created since the last publication, including the National Economic Council.

Cabinet Office Annual Report and Accounts 2008-2009

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The Annual Report and Accounts records both the performance and the financial situation of the Department over the financial year. Cabinet Office has published a combined Annual Report and Accounts since 2007-08, bringing together the previously separate Departmental Report and Resource Accounts.

Power in People's Hands: Learning from the World's Best Public Services

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The Government's drive to reform public services by giving more power back to the citizen was accelerated today, with the publication of a new study of innovative public services from around the world.

The Road to 2010 – Addressing the nuclear question in the twenty first century

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The Prime Minister has published The Road to 2010 – Addressing the nuclear question in the twenty first century, which sets out a strategy that will lead the UK into the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference and beyond.

Working Together for Older People in Rural Areas

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Published alongside the government’s strategy on ageing, Working Together for Older People in Rural Areas is the final report of a joint project between the Social Exclusion Task Force and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  This report examines evidence on the social exclusion experienced by older people in rural areas and identifies examples of innovative service delivery that can make a real difference in these areas. As a result of this study, a number of key practical policy actions have been integrated into the government’s Ageing Strategy ‘Building a Society for all Ages’ [External website].

Listening to the front line: capturing insight and learning lessons in policy making

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The government has issued its response to the Sunningdale Institute's March 09 report on reconnecting policy making with front line professionals. Listening to the front line sets out how the Cabinet Office and the policy profession will work with partners across government to develop tools and systems that will support departments to seek and make effective use of front line insight in the design and development of policy.

New national programme to help care leavers into employment

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Yesterday, Ed Balls, Secretary of State at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and Angela Smith, Minister of State with responsibility for Social Exclusion at the Cabinet Office, formally launched the employment support programme for care leavers: Transitions: from Care 2 Work.

The From Care 2 Work programme funds the National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) to work closely with national employers and local authorities to offer opportunities for work experience and mentoring to support care leavers into work.

Business expenses to be published

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The Cabinet Secretary has decided that business expenses incurred by the most senior civil servants on official duty will be published for the first time, reflecting the Civil Service's commitment to transparency. Around 250 of the most senior civil servants, from director-general level and above, will publish their business expenses shortly and every quarter from then on. The Cabinet Secretary believes it is right that he should set an example and lead the way by publishing his business expenses first.

Building Britain's future growth, jobs and better public services


The Prime Minister has today, 29 June 2009,  published a plan for Building Britain’s Future. It is a radical vision for a fairer, stronger and more prosperous society. Public service entitlements will for the first time be guaranteed to parents, patients and communities. New measures will also drive economic growth and create jobs.

New goal to get more people with learning disabilities into work

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The Social Exclusion Task Force, in partnership with the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions, has led the publication of a cross-government Learning Disability Employment Strategy, called Valuing Employment Now: Real Jobs For People With Learning Disabilities. The strategy sets out a vision to increase the number of real jobs for people with learning disabilities with appropriate support being provided, and close the employment gap with their employment rate and that of the disabled population as a whole.

National Security Strategy - 2009 update published

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The Prime Minister today announced strong new measures to protect the UK and British citizens from the growing threats to our security in cyber space and take advantage of the opportunities of Digital Britain. With modern life increasingly dependent on computers and communications technology cyber space is a new area where hostile states, terrorists, and criminals can all threaten UK security interests.

Civil Service Fast Stream Recruitment 2008

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The Civil Service Fast Stream is a training and development programme which attracts some of the country's most talented graduates. The Civil Service recruits to the Fast Stream on the basis of fair and open competition and selection on merit. This report summarises Fast Stream recruitment in the year ending November 2008.

Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2009


The 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List is now available, with the majority of this years awards, which recognise outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the United Kingdom, going to ordinary people – local heroes from a range of fields – who have made a real difference to life in their communities.