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The Department for Work and Pensions revealed the new system after a turbulent introduction of the Universal Credit programme

The proposed shake-up would radically change the way policies are processed within Whitehall

Ministers plot end to Civil Service neutrality

Ministers could be given the power to dismiss their most senior civil servants and bring in US-style political appointees to drive through policy, as part of a radical shake-up of Whitehall to be considered by the Government.

Cobra committee discusses Olympics

Security, transport and the threat of strikes were on the agenda for a top-level pre-Olympics meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron this morning.

Maude clamps down on Whitehall contracts

Millions saved by getting tough on suppliers plus more cost cuts to come

The Sketch: How ethical activity and processing propriety can make one forgetful...

There is a Director of Propriety and Ethics for the Government. Is she busy? Are her days full of ethical activity, does she process much propriety?

400,000 set for pensions protest

A fresh wave of industrial action will be held this week against the Government's controversial public sector pension reforms, with union leaders predicting that up to 400,000 workers could be involved.

Savings from quango bonfire 'exaggerated'

The Government's claim to have saved billions of pounds for the taxpayer from its "bonfire of the quangos" is likely to have been exaggerated and should be reassessed, an influential committee of MPs concludes today.

Agreement staves off tanker strike

A deal has been reached that could avert the threat of a strike by fuel tanker drivers.

Unite given deadline extension for declaring fuel tanker strike

Unite has been given an extension to a deadline for declaring strikes in the fuel tanker drivers dispute so that peace talks can continue.

Panic buying has led to empty pumps at petrol stations

Now motorists are told to drive slower, as jerrycan bungle minister is sidelined

The latest advice from the Government to motorists to avoid a petrol crisis is to drive slower.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Steptoe and Rab C Nesbitt make Cabinet reshuffle shortlist

Greater love hath no man than this, as Jeremy Thorpe so nearly put it of Harold Macmillan: that he lay down his classmates for his life. The pressure on David Cameron to take the long knives to a few toffs becomes irresistible, and the time to ignite reshuffle fever is upon us.

Petrol farce turns to tragedy

Minister urged to resign as woman is badly burnt in jerry can accident. Industry chief blames ‘self-inflicted insanity’ as panic-buying continues

Drivers have been queuing for hundreds of yards to fill up at petrol pumps, following the Government's exhortation that drivers keep tanks topped up ahead of possible industrial actionl

Fuel frenzy spreads – but at least it's good news for the Treasury

Government is raking in an extra £32m in excise duties thanks to the panic buying it sparked at the petrol pumps

Many garages have reported long queues after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude suggested drivers should fill up any spare jerry cans

Petrol stations overwhelmed as ministers fan the flames of panic over fuel strike

Ministers were last night accused of irresponsibly triggering an artificial nationwide fuel crisis after thousands of motorists took official advice and began stockpiling petrol ahead of a threatened strike by hauliers.

Prime Minister David Cameron during a reception at 10 Downing Street yesterday. Former Labour minister Jack Straw said the Tories were prepared to evade rules stating that donors must be registered to vote in the UK

Matthew Norman: How much must the PM have to offer if he's worth £250,000 a pop?

At his age, the shock might have killed him. Straight up, Rupert Murdoch could have gone out like a light on learning that the rich and powerful can buy access to a Prime Minister. So praise be that his naive heart survived the epiphany, sparing him to confide his thoughts on the latest demi-scandal bedecked with the scintillatingly fresh suffix of "-gate". "What was Cameron thinking?" he tweeted. "No one, rightly or wrongly, will believe his story."

Matthew Norman: Surely Cameron is in line for a Michelin star?

If the PM's genius is worth £250,000 a pop, he must make Heston Blumenthal look like the Crossroads chef
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