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The number of public sector mutuals has increased six-fold since 2010 and they are improving services as predicted, a report published today by Professor Julian Le Grand and the Mutuals Taskforce, finds

Charities will be able to claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small donations without needing Gift Aid declarations, under changes in a Bill before Parliament today.

Implementing this Plan will equip a much smaller Civil Service to meet current and future challenges. It sets out a series of specific and practical actions to address long-standing weaknesses and build on existing strengths which, when implemented, will together lead to real change.


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The government laid the Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2012 in Parliament on 18 June 2012, which set out who qualifies for a full right of appeal against refusal of a visa to visit family in the UK.


The Crime and Courts Bill starts committee stage - line by line scrutiny of the bill - in the House of Lords today (Monday 18 June).


In its submission to the Government consultation on same-sex marriage, which closes on June 14, the Church of England states it cannot support the proposal to enable "all couples, regardless of their gender, to have a civil marriage ceremony"


Today the Cabinet Office and Department of Health committed to help fund and assist more doctors, nurses and other public sector workers to run services that are tailored to their local community


New tighter rules governing ‘off payroll’ appointments in central government will be brought in this year, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has announced today


Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party, has announced changes to his frontbench team


Green Party leader Caroline Lucas says she will not be seeking re-election when her second term ends in September


The Queen has today set out the government's legislative plans for 2013 with banking and social care high on the agenda.


Steve McCabe, Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, has written to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Sir John Lyon, asking him to investigate a possible failure by Jeremy Hunt to properly register a financial interest


The National Audit Office has today published its report on assurance for major government projects, such as the introduction of large IT systems, the construction of ships and helicopters and major changes to how services are delivered


The Culture Media and Sport Committee today publishes its Eleventh Report of Session 2010-12, News International and Phone-hacking (HC 903-I)


In a report published today, Tuesday 24 April 2012, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) calls on the Government to publish an annual 'Statement of National Strategy' in Parliament, to underpin the annual spending round and the run-up to the budget


Whitehall spending is to be subjected to greater scrutiny by the Treasury, as part of moves to tighten financial management of government departments


The National Audit Office has reported on how government is fulfilling its commitments to promote the transparency of public information. The report recognises the strength of the strategic case for greater transparency, and highlights progress across government in fulfilling most of its initial commitments


Young people taking part in a Government-backed work experience placement are more likely to get off benefits and into work, according to research published today


On 1 April, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) became an independent charity, after it was abolished as a non-departmental public body


Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, speaking on the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands conflict, said


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