Officials working for Tory minister Eric Pickles have been accused of an extraordinary attempt to suppress internal government emails – on the grounds that publishing such correspondence could lead to unwelcome “political and media exposure”.
The Al-Jazeera Egypt network, along with three other stations known to have covered Muslim Brotherhood protests have been told to stop broadcasting by an Egyptian court.
Chicken, beef and egg inspectors have had £1m of tax on personal car use picked up over the past decade by the Scottish government, according to a whistleblower who signed off many of the expenses. Charles Russell, Scotland's senior poultry officer for 21 years, told The IoS that 19 cars are allocated to low- and mid-ranking civil servants, who saved £4,000-£6,000 every year in tax as a result of this perk. These officials also include six horticultural officers and eight school inspectors.
Conservative party election strategist denies discussed tobacco issues with PM or Health Secretary
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was allegedly paid from a slush fund operated by the governing People’s Party (PP) when he was a minister in the 1990s, according to documents published in the newspaper El Mundo. The accusations drew denials from the PP and calls for Mr Rajoy’s resignation, from opposition parties weary of austerity measures and an economy mired in recession.
Agreement on reform reached despite debt inspectors warning of an 'uncertain economic outlook'
Reports talk of rows with members of administration over scope of his role
Civil servants seen as 'untouchable and unaccountable' could also be put on four-year contracts
Head mandarins praised Lady Thatcher as the 'best kind of boss'
Powell says officials 'lacks the skills for coping with a modern society'
Staff at the Home Office will go on strike today in the latest phase of three months of industrial action by civil servants in a dispute over pay, jobs and terms and conditions.
Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.
Keir Starmer says overhaul of criminal justice system's efforts to tackle sex abuse will head off 'another Savile moment in five or 10 years' time'
More hot air in the wind turbine debate?
Government ministers are riding roughshod over the civil service, and that leads to government by cock-up and a loss of morale in Whitehall
Labour today said a controversial adviser to Education Secretary Michael Gove should resign if - as appeared to be the case - he was in breach of his profession's Code of Conduct by implying that a journalist required therapy.