Callers including crime victims and the bereaved spent £56m on calls to departments in 2012
Party said it will try to ‘unpick’ £6bn in outsourcing deals
Less than half of those in Whitehall finance have an accountancy qualification
End-of-term poll makes mixed reading for the leaders, but the Prime Minister tops the guest list
An attempt by David Cameron to kick the vexed issue of MPs’ pay into the long grass was rebuffed by Ed Miliband on Monday night.
The number of public sector workers on low wages doubles to more than one million, with women and part-time staff disproportionately affected by squeeze on incomes
The plan is working, the Chancellor said with a smile
Key points from the Autumn Statement:
* Petrol tax rise of 2p a litre planned for next year is cancelled.
* Rolling back green levies takes an average £50 off energy bills.
* Financial resources provided to fund expansion of free school meals to all school children in reception, year one and year two.
* New priority right to move for social tenants who need to relocate for a job.
* New loans worth £1 billion to unblock housing developments including in Manchester and Leeds.
* Plans to increase train fares by 1% above inflation from January cancelled, so they go up in line with inflation.
Report reveals that charities getting less while cost to public purse has risen
The reward will be savings for taxpayers
To the public this is no more than an SW1 issue, to the Whitehall mandarins it represents an earthquake
National Audit Office says there are 'worrying examples of contractors not appearing to treat the public sector fairly'
New coalition will advocate for policy reform and regulation to lower broadband cost to 5 per cent of monthly income in developing countries
Unions react with anger as the Department of Health says it cannot afford staff 1% pay increases
The Cabinet Secretary attended dinner organised by Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil
Taxpayers will continue paying the price for bungled electronic patient record programme, say MPs