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The worst banking crisis in decades has shown how investment risks can destabilise the broader financial system and even send whole economies into a tailspin. EU leaders and the Group of 20 top economies have pledged to strengthen supervision of the financial system to head off excessive risks

Companies winning Government-funded IT contracts will have to fulfil a commitment to skills training, Skills Secretary John Denham has announced

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has announced that the contract for delivering the new Schools Recruitment Service has been awarded to Tribal

 

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The Government's Postal Services Bill successfully cleared its third reading in the House of Lords and will now pass to the House of Commons

 

A series of eAuctions have enabled public sector organisations to make 13 per cent to 29 per cent savings across a range of products and services, including mobile solutions, IT hardware and furniture

 

David Cameron, Leader of the Conservatives, addressed the Houses of Parliament regarding the process to be undertaken by the Conservative party to curb Conservative MPs expenses

 

The Government has announced new National Minimum Wage rates to take effect in October

 

First European SME week supports small businesses and encourages entrepreneurship

 

A reformed financial services sector will play an important role in Britain's economic recovery, according to a report now published by the Financial Services Global Competitiveness Group, co-chaired by the Chancellor Alistair Darling and former Citi Chairman Sir Win Bischoff

 

Councils must listen to the views of local people to work smarter and make greater efficiency savings, Communities Secretary, Hazel Blears, has said

 

Commission proposes first EU law on hedge funds and issues guidelines on bank pay practices

 

Chaired by Tourism Minister, Barbara Follett, the Tourism Advisory Council has been formed as part of the Government's commitment to support the UK's fifth largest industry

 
George Osborne warned the Budget was not the "routemap to recovery" that Britain needs and described it instead as "the death rattle of a tired and discredited Government”
 

A real terms cut to the Scottish budget in 2010 - 2011, announced by the Chancellor today, could cost thousands of Scottish jobs and have dire consequences for business and ordinary working families, Finance Secretary, John Swinney, said today

 

A £750 million strategic investment fund for backing business to come out stronger from the downturn has been announced in today's budget. The fund for "New Industry, New Jobs" provides resources for the new competitiveness strategy

 

Budget statement to the House of Commons, delivered by the Rt hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Wednesday 22 April 2009

 

A second successive fall in GDP - which means Scotland is officially in recession - highlights the 'scale of the economic challenge we face', Finance Secretary, John Swinney, said

 

The findings of the Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP), a year-long programme examining operational spending in the public sector, are now published showing scope for £15 billion of efficiency savings

 

The Government must focus any fiscal stimulus on projects that can get underway immediately and that will generate the most number of jobs, rather than concentrating on large projects that could take months to get off the ground, council leaders said, ahead of the Budget announcement

 

In October 2008, Defra commissioned Deloitte to carry out an independent evaluation of the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI). The scope was to consider what has worked well, what could be improved, and to provide recommendations for the future

 

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