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

Hunt for source of 'bonfire of quangos' leak

The head of the civil service today launched a mole-hunt after the leak of lists of around 180 public bodies apparently facing abolition in a "bonfire of the quangos".

Axe-wielding ministers earn Star Chamber seats

Five Cabinet ministers agreed yesterday to cut their budgets by about a third as the Treasury axe began to fall ahead of next month's government-wide spending cuts. Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, and Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, were rewarded with seats on the Cabinet's Star Chamber, which will impose cuts on those ministers who cannot reach agreement with the Treasury. Both ministers have also been quick to cull quangos since the May election.

Newsagents lobby ministers to stop ban on tobacco displays

Shopkeepers fear rules to stop cigarettes being on show will cost them their livelihoods

John Kampfner: Labour will have to grow up eventually

The fault line of the Coalition is the role of the state: not in New Labour's Big Brother mindset, but as a promoter of social justice

Jobcentre boss's pension rockets as dole queue grows

The big rise in a civil servant's provision after a year in the job adds to the row over public sector pay

Plans to scrap 'out-of-date' Census

The official population count, or Census, looks set to be scrapped after more than 200 years, it emerged today.

Straw: changes to Labour's funding 'undemocratic'

The former Justice Secretary Jack Straw yesterday raised Labour fears that the coalition Government may follow the trail blazed by Margaret Thatcher, and use its majority in Parliament to force through contentious legislation on union funding of the Labour Party.

Unions blast civil service redundancy pay cap

The Government faced a growing outcry tonight after announcing that legislation is to be introduced as soon as possible to cap redundancy payments to civil servants.

£1m severance payout for ex-Labour ministers

Former Labour ministers were handed more than £1 million in severance pay at the General Election, official figures showed today.

Leading article: Money alone is not the answer

This week Londoners will mark the fifth anniversary of the 7 July terror attacks, which killed 52 people and injured 750 in the capital. They will do so against the backdrop of a depressing political row about the funding of police operations designed to ensure that Britain never again suffers such an atrocity.

Minister rebukes anti-terror chief

Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer was publicly rebuked by a Government minister today after warning that planned spending cuts could not be delivered without increasing the risk of a terrorist attack.

Olympics officials among quango chiefs who earn more than PM

More than 140 quango chiefs earn more than the Prime Minister, with large sums going to the key figures behind the preparations for the 2012 London Olympics, the Cabinet Office disclosed last night.

Clarke first off the blocks with departmental cuts

Minister earns right to judge where other savings must be made

Government axing websites to save millions

Hundreds of Government websites are to be axed in a bid to to save millions of pounds, it was announced today.

The business on...Martha Lane Fox, Britain's 'digital champion'

Why is she in the news now?

Well, Martha was appointed the "UK Digital Champion" by David Cameron, advising the Government on how to get more users and services online and therefore save money for, well, just about everyone.

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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