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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.

Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK

Cabinet Office crest Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the UK from 16 - 19 September. The visit provides an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen ties between the UK and the Holy See on global initiatives and to reaffirm the important role of faith in creating strong communities. During his visit three public celebrations will take place at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Hyde Park in London and Cofton Park in Birmingham.

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.

Francis Maude Launches Pathfinder Mutuals

Cabinet Office crest The first wave of Pathfinder mutuals, to be run by entrepreneurial public sector staff, who want to take control of their services, has been announced by Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.

John Collington to head a Government drive to cut cost of procurement

Cabinet Office crest The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that John Collington, the Home Office’s Group Commercial Director, will become the new head of procurement in the Efficiency and Reform Group. John will spearhead a new cross-Government approach to procurement, allowing Government to use its scale to ensure it always gets the best value for money.

Millions saved by Government’s Marketing and Advertising Freeze

Cabinet Office crest The Cabinet Office has published early results showing the impact so far of the Government’s Marketing and Advertising Freeze, which was implemented in June this year.

National Citizen Service pilots – commissioning process for grants opens

Cabinet Office crest Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of plans for National Citizen Service pilots, a competitive commissioning process is being launched today, Monday 2 August.

Voluntary sector asked for their ideas on how to do more for less

Cabinet Office crest Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, have today written an open letter to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors asking them to contribute their ideas to help reduce the deficit. They are being asked to share ideas about how they can help reduce the deficit directly with the Office for Civil Society.

Draft Structural Reform Plan for political reform

Cabinet Office crest The Coalition Government has today (Tuesday, 27 July) published its draft Structural Reform Plan for political reform. Structural Reform Plans, to be published by all Departments, are the key tool of the Government for making departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition Agreement. They set out clear priorities and give the public the opportunity to check departments meet their commitments.

Minister for Security declares Cyber Security Challenge UK open

Cabinet Office crest Minister for Security, the Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones has launched the UK's first national hunt for future cyber security professionals. The Cyber Security Challenge UK is a series of online and face-to-face competitions. It will identify the most talented individuals in the country capable of becoming the first line of defence against cyber attacks now and in the future.

Tell us which datasets you want released

Cabinet Office crest The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has today called for the British people to nominate which new government datasets they would like to see released on

Government publishes referendum question and confirms plans to change boundaries

Cabinet Office crest The question voters will be asked in next year’s referendum on whether or not the country should adopt the Alternative Vote system is made public for the first time today, as the Government publishes two Bills on constitutional reform.

Prime Minister to launch National Citizen Service pilots for young people

Cabinet Office crest The Prime Minister will announce plans for 16 year olds to take part in National Citizen Service (NCS) pilots next summer. Government-backed pilots for the scheme will start next summer and will provide around 10,000 places. Aimed at school leavers aged 16, the pilots will take place from June to September, following the end of the exam period, and will last for seven to eight weeks.

Deputy Prime Minister discusses aid and development with Bill Gates

Cabinet Office crest Following a meeting with philanthropist Bill Gates, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg confirmed that he will be representing the UK at the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations in September.

Government calls on contractors to help cut carbon emissions

Cabinet Office crest Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has called on departments and contractors to work together to cut Central Government carbon emissions by 10 per cent so that the Government becomes the greenest ever.

Directgov joins the Cabinet Office efficiency drive

Cabinet Office crest Directgov, the central website for public services, will join the powerful new Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister has announced.

Prime Minister launches the Big Society Bank and announces the first four big society communities

Cabinet Office crest The Prime Minister has given more detail on his vision for the Coalition Government’s Big Society agenda by outlining plans for a new Big Society Bank, and announcing the country’s first big society communities in Sutton, Windsor and Maidenhead, Eden Valley in Cumbria and Liverpool.

Top suppliers asked to contribute to Government’s efficiency drive

Cabinet Office crest As part of the deficit reduction programme, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, met with the CEOs of the nineteen biggest Government suppliers to ask them what they can do to help cut the cost of the services they provide to government.

UK involvement with detainees in overseas counter-terrorism operations

Cabinet Office crest 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.

New legislation to limit Civil Service redundancy payments

Cabinet Office crest 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.

Political and constitutional reform

Cabinet Office crest 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."

Quango high earners revealed by the Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office crest 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.

Clegg asks British people: “What is freedom to you?”

Cabinet Office crestDeputy 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 speech

Cabinet Office crestBaroness Neville-Jones text from the introductory speech to the Homeland Security and Border Conference Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre 1 July 2010.

Chief Operating Officer appointed to the Efficiency and Reform Group

Cabinet Office crestIan 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.

Lord Browne appointed to key Whitehall role

Cabinet Office crestThe 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.

£1 billion fund to help regional business

Cabinet Office crestDeputy 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.

New expenses system announced for the House of Lords

Cabinet Office crestMembers 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.

“Send us your comments” says new Transparency Board

Cabinet Office crestThe 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 to leave the Office of Government Commerce

Cabinet Office crestNigel 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.

Britain's role in tackling poverty around the world

Cabinet Office crestIn 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.

Clamp down on Government websites to save millions

Cabinet Office crestMinister 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.

Martha Lane Fox appointed as UK Digital Champion

Cabinet Office crestAs 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.

Government gets a grip on numbers of non-payroll staff

Cabinet Office crestThe 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.