The Department for Work and Pensions revealed the new system after a turbulent introduction of the Universal Credit programme
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Sunday 07 November 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
MPs are to examine the "highly questionable" practice of allowing ministers advance sight of official statistics after the Conservatives dropped plans to reform the system, it emerged today.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude insisted today that the Government was not on an "ideological" drive to scrap quangos.
Tuesday 02 November 2010
Monday 01 November 2010
Outsourcing giant Serco today apologised for writing a letter to its suppliers demanding rebates in the face of Government spending cuts.
Saturday 23 October 2010
Hands up if you're getting a refund from Npower? OK, not that many – just 1.8 million people.
Sunday 17 October 2010
If I get a nasty tax bill and have to cut back on my spending, there are obvious, if unpleasant, measures. Cut up credit cards. Set a daily cash budget and stick to it. Stop shopping, except for essentials. No frocks. Travel off-peak, shop for cheaper energy deals. Not exactly rocket science. To pay off debts you need a simple plan. Families are trimming their expenditure carefully as up to 600,000 public-sector workers face redundancy. So, we are told, is the Government.
Sunday 17 October 2010
Sunday 17 October 2010
The Audit Commission, which reviews local public services, is ramping up plans for an employee buy-out since being named as one of nearly 200 quangos facing abolition.
Friday 15 October 2010
A quango sounds like a monstrous beast conjured from the imagination of Lewis Carroll. There is something inherently preposterous about the very word. No wonder the public love the idea of the culling these quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations and their hordes of politically correct bureaucrats. Until, that is, you ask whether it is a good idea to keep politics out of issues better decided by experts – like whether a new drug is value-for-money for the NHS. Or to keep politicians away from matters that require impartiality – like the news values of the BBC, one of the most precious quangos on the British national landscape. Some of the things that quangos do suddenly seem rather a good idea.
Thursday 14 October 2010
Plans for a "bonfire of quangos" will today be scaled back by the Government after an intensive lobbying campaign.
Wednesday 13 October 2010
There is a "serious prospect" of getting unions to agree new redundancy terms for civil servants, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said today, which could bring an end to months of wrangling.
Monday 11 October 2010
A review of Government efficiency by a leading businessman has uncovered a "staggering" waste of money, it was revealed today.
Friday 08 October 2010
The Government was embroiled in a row with unions today after being accused of "bullying" civil servants to leave their jobs with reduced payouts.
Wednesday 06 October 2010
"We have no plans to abolish child benefit." Was that true? Yes, but in the sense that "No decision has been made to invade Iraq" was true. Preparations went on for a year but the "decision" was made only when the orders were signed. In truth, there don't seem to be "plans" in what is obviously government by inspiration.
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