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The Government should get religious groups more involved in the struggling Work Programme, a leading think tank has urged, with backing from the shadow employment minister.

Public sector services must be effective first, efficient second

They may sound similar, but there's a great deal of difference between these two terms, and our Government is heading on a dangerous trajectory towards the latter

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Cameron and Clegg insist coalition is 'steadfast and united'

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'What does Bill think we ought to do?' McCarthy in 1982

Lord McCarthy: Industrial relations expert whose expertise helped resolve many disputes

Bill McCarthy was the guru – and the very best species of guru – to whom Labour ministers turned throughout the Wilson and Callaghan governments when faced with a threatening industrial problem. "What does Bill think we ought to do?" was the question posed by politicians entertaining such different views of industrial relations as Ray Gunter, James Callaghan and Barbara Castle – understandably, since he was a deeply concerned and wise man. If anyone could arrive at a just solution, acceptable to all factions, it was Bill McCarthy. If he couldn't find a solution, ministers resigned themselves to the fact that for the time being there was no solution to be had.

Lord Bichard said older people had to make 'a more positive contribution'

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Lord Bichard said older people had to make 'a more positive contribution' to reduce the burden they place on the state

'David Cameron is clueless': Ed Miliband joins austerity protesters in London

Nurses, firefighters, teachers and prison officers joined over 150,000 protesters today in huge demonstrations against the Government, loudly cheering calls for a 24-hour general strike.

Portugal to unveil austerity budget

Portugal's government is putting the finishing touches to a draft budget for next year which is expected to be one of the toughest in the country's recent history.

Portuguese government set to unveil austerity budget

Portugal's government is putting the finishing touches to a draft budget for next year which is expected to be one of the toughest in the country's recent history.

Forum to discuss virtual ID system

Further details of a "virtual identity" system being introduced by the Government will be announced next week when cyber experts gather for a conference in London.

David Cameron warned of rift with mandarins

David Cameron was warned today that he faces a damaging rift with senior civil servants after a minister accused top officials of blocking Government policies they disagree with.

The boat was carrying utility company workers and their families to famed Victoria Harbour to watch a fireworks display in celebration of China's National Day

At least 36 killed in Hong Kong ferry collision

A boat packed with revellers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens in the deadliest accident to strike the Chinese territory in years.

Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been criticised by Labour's two biggest union paymasters

Labour's two biggest union paymasters launch stinging attack on Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

Labour’s two biggest union paymasters today launched a stinging attack on the party’s leadership for failing to stand up for poorly paid public sector workers and not providing a “radical alternative” to the Tories.

Editorial: A Rose Revolution losing its bloom

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