News Ed Balls will tell the Fabian society that Labour 'will look at new ways of delivering public services'

Shadow Chancellor: ‘We will have to govern with less money ... we will have to make cuts too.’

Atos and G4S pay no corporation tax despite profiting from billions pounds worth of public sector contracts, as auditors warn of ‘crisis of confidence’ over private contractors

National Audit Office says there are 'worrying examples of contractors not appearing to treat the public sector fairly'

Public spending watchdog attacks Government use of private contractors

The public spending watchdog has demanded more transparency to tackle a “crisis of confidence” over the Government’s use of private firms to deliver services.

Will Labour reverse the privatisation of the NHS? I want to believe it...

Allowing in for-profit companies is the worst way to better our care

Public sector workers in some parts of Britain are earning up to £3,200 a year more than their private sector neighbours

Mind the pay gap: Does new research spell the end for one nation government salaries?

While public servants in the North are better paid than their private-sector neighbours, the exact opposite is true in London

A demonstrator with his face covered jumps over a burning barricade at the Cinelandia square during a march in support of teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro

Rio’s class war: Brazilian teachers take pay protest on to streets

Riots broke out in Rio de Janeiro after a demonstration by Brazilian teachers turned violent. Masked protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at police, while others looted from banks and broke into government buildings.

Royal Mail’s privatisation has been long delayed but it is welcome nonetheless

Life can be full of ironies. To make sure of meeting Tuesday night’s deadline I wanted to post an application for shares late on Friday night. When I got to the local pillar box it was blocked up, with the (not entirely necessary) inscription “box closed” where the collection times should be. I did suffer a moment’s hesitation about investing in this business. Not for long though.

Tim Berners-Lee, Facebook and the government back global initiative to 'help billions come online'

New coalition will advocate for policy reform and regulation to lower broadband cost to 5 per cent of monthly income in developing countries

NHS 1% pay rises could be scrapped under government proposals

Unions react with anger as the Department of Health says it cannot afford staff 1% pay increases

Exclusive: Shock over new contract for Sellafield companies

Unions and MPs have reacted with shock to yesterday’s announcement that the companies that have overseen cost overruns and delays in the clean-up of Sellafield have been given a new five-year contract.

Book review: Mount Merrion, By Justin Quinn

Booms and busts – the state of the Irish nation, and the Irish family

Government ‘must force its suppliers to pay tax’

The Government is failing to use its financial power to force suppliers to pay their fair share of tax on UK profits, a group of senior MPs has warned.

Jeremy Heywood: The Cabinet Secretary was joined by four government officials

Top civil servant Jeremy Heywood met Cuadrilla chief straight after Sussex fracking announcement

The Cabinet Secretary attended dinner organised by Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil

The cost of the scrapped government initiative is predicted to continue rising significantly, MPs have warned.

Cost of abandoned NHS IT system to hit £10bn

Taxpayers will continue paying the price for bungled electronic patient record programme, say MPs

Teachers turn to emergency handouts to cope with public spending squeeze

Supply staff are being hit hard, charity reveals, with grants going to pay for housing and food

Corruption scandal turns sights on Chinese oil companies

Investigation appears to be part of efforts by new leadership to tighten control over state-owned energy firms

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