Public Sector News Govtoday http://www.govtoday.co.uk/ Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:30:46 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) en-gb Housing associations ‘out of comfort zone’ over welfare reform http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/27-growth-reform/17832-housing-associations-out-of-comfort-zones-over-welfare-reform Adjusting to the government's changes to the welfare system has taken social housing providers out of their comfort zone, and uncertainties about the introduction of universal credit are delaying decision-making, according to an industry expert.

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:55:49 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/27-growth-reform/17832-housing-associations-out-of-comfort-zones-over-welfare-reform
Teachers to strike over pay and pensions dispute http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/38-schools/17830-teachers-to-strike-over-pay-and-pensions-dispute Responsibility for strike action that will affect schools in England and Wales lies "fairly and squarely" with education secretary Michael Gove, the National Union of Teachers said today.

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:05:09 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/38-schools/17830-teachers-to-strike-over-pay-and-pensions-dispute
Stoke-on-Trent bids to bring high speed rail to city http://www.govtoday.co.uk/transport-news/31-rail/17828-stoke-on-trent-bids-to-bring-high-speed-rail-to-city The HS2 railway line should include a station in Stoke-on-Trent, the city's council has said, claiming that its proposed route would save billions of pounds and deliver the project more quickly than under the government's plans.

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:03:54 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/transport-news/31-rail/17828-stoke-on-trent-bids-to-bring-high-speed-rail-to-city
Cameron: losing Scotland would rip rug from under us http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/25-devolved/17827-cameron-losing-scotland-would-rip-rug-from-under-us Scotland becoming independent would "rip the rug" from under the United Kingdom's reputation, David Cameron will say today.

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:57:44 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/25-devolved/17827-cameron-losing-scotland-would-rip-rug-from-under-us
Call for 'relentless focus' on building new homes http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/17825-call-for-relentless-focus-on-building-new-homes The incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Housing has challenged politicians to work more closely with housing professionals to develop effective, long-term solutions to the housing crisis.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:45:29 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/17825-call-for-relentless-focus-on-building-new-homes
Bombardier wins £1bn contract to build Crossrail trains http://www.govtoday.co.uk/transport-news/31-rail/17822-bombardier-wins-1bn-contract-to-build-crossrail-trains The intention to award a contract to deliver rolling stock and a new depot for Crossrail with a capital value of around £1bn to Bombardier has been announced today by Transport for London and the Department for Transport.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:11:27 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/transport-news/31-rail/17822-bombardier-wins-1bn-contract-to-build-crossrail-trains
‘It just shouldn’t be there’: MP condemns fracking site http://www.govtoday.co.uk/environment/33-sustainable-development/17819-it-just-shouldn-t-be-there-mp-condemns-fracking-site A potential fracking site in Greater Manchester is "manifestly unsuitable" and drilling there is causing "absolutely huge inconvenience" to residents and businesses, the local member of parliament has said.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:41:15 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/environment/33-sustainable-development/17819-it-just-shouldn-t-be-there-mp-condemns-fracking-site
Government less than half way through cuts programme http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/27-growth-reform/17817-government-less-than-half-way-through-cuts-programme-says-ifs The government is less than half way through its programme of austerity measures, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said today.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:40:12 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/27-growth-reform/17817-government-less-than-half-way-through-cuts-programme-says-ifs
UK academics 'paid less' than overseas counterparts http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/40-higher-education/17815-uk-academics-paid-less-than-overseas-counterparts-claims-union As staff in UK universities prepare to walk out for their third one-day strike tomorrow as part of a worsening pay dispute, analysis of the most recent international figures on pay, compiled by Deloitte, shows that UK lecturers earn significantly less than their counterparts in Australia, Canada and the US.

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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:57:10 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/40-higher-education/17815-uk-academics-paid-less-than-overseas-counterparts-claims-union
New incentives to attract maths teachers to colleges http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/51-further-education/17814-new-incentives-to-attract-maths-teachers-to-further-education Up to £20m will be made available to encourage the brightest and the best to teach maths in further education colleges, skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock announced today.

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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:57:23 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/51-further-education/17814-new-incentives-to-attract-maths-teachers-to-further-education
Scotland must tackle poverty among workless families http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/25-devolved/17807-tackling-poverty-among-workless-families-key-for-scotland Scotland must get to grips with poverty among workless families if it is to reduce child poverty, according to a new report by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:13:46 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/25-devolved/17807-tackling-poverty-among-workless-families-key-for-scotland
Teachers encouraged to use traditional punishments http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/38-schools/17803-teachers-encouraged-to-enforce-discipline-with-traditional-punishments Teachers are being encouraged to enforce discipline in classrooms by using traditional punishments – such as writing lines, picking up litter and running around the school field – under new guidance published by the Department for Education.

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:45:45 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/38-schools/17803-teachers-encouraged-to-enforce-discipline-with-traditional-punishments
Poor forecasting an 'entrenched problem' in government http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/27-growth-reform/17795-poor-forecasting-an-entrenched-problem-in-government Poor forecasting by government departments is an entrenched problem, leading to poor value for money and increased costs for the taxpayer, according to a report today by the National Audit Office.

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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:19:31 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/politics/27-growth-reform/17795-poor-forecasting-an-entrenched-problem-in-government
University application rate hits record high http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/40-higher-education/17789-university-application-rate-hits-record-high UCAS figures out today show that overall applicant numbers are up by 4 per cent, to 580,000, only slightly below the record level of 2011 (583,350).

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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:36:30 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/education/40-higher-education/17789-university-application-rate-hits-record-high
Review launched into how to build more social housing http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/17785-review-launched-into-how-to-build-more-social-housing An independent and wide-ranging review into how more social homes can be built has been launched by the chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander, and the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, today.

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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:42:36 GMT http://www.govtoday.co.uk/local-government-news/21-housing-planning/17785-review-launched-into-how-to-build-more-social-housing