Unions http://govtoday.co.uk/ Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:51:28 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) en-gb RMT on West Coast 'fiasco' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14612-rmt-on-west-coast-fiasco RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "Although this report lifts the lid on the whole sordid business of rail franchising that led us to the West Coast Mainline fiasco it fails to nail the killer point that two decades of railway privatisation has turned our tracks into a money-making racket that is beyond reform.

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Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:28:37 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14612-rmt-on-west-coast-fiasco
Don't let the Prime Minister repatriate workers' rights http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14569-don-t-let-the-prime-minister-repatriate-workers-rights Speaking later today at a conference in Madrid, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady will appeal for the help of unions across Europe in persuading their governments to resist David Cameron's attempt to 'repatriate' workers' rights.

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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:42:30 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14569-don-t-let-the-prime-minister-repatriate-workers-rights
Employers, unions and consumer groups call for an end to NEST restrictions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14568-employers-unions-and-consumer-groups-call-for-an-end-to-nest-restrictions A coalition of consumer groups, employer organisations and the TUC has written to the pensions minister calling on the government to lift the current legal restrictions on NEST, which impose a maximum annual contribution and forbids transfers in and out of the pension scheme.

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Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:38:35 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14568-employers-unions-and-consumer-groups-call-for-an-end-to-nest-restrictions
Strike vote at BBC Cardiff http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14549-strike-vote-at-bbc-cardiff In a show of solidarity BECTU members working at BBC Cardiff have voted for strike action in support of a long-standing union member facing compulsory redundancy.

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Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:27:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14549-strike-vote-at-bbc-cardiff
CAP reform vote shows progress http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14548-cap-reform-vote-shows-progress A vote by members of the agriculture committee to move forward the European Parliament's draft position on the future of the CAP shows that NFU lobbying is helping to shape a policy which is better for British agriculture.

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Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:17:41 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14548-cap-reform-vote-shows-progress
Chancellor's favourite institution right to urge austerity rethink http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14539-chancellor-s-favourite-institution-right-to-urge-austerity-rethink Responding to comments made today by IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard on the need to ease austerity measures, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

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Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:49:47 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14539-chancellor-s-favourite-institution-right-to-urge-austerity-rethink
Rising job levels since recession driven by surge in self-employment, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14516-rising-job-levels-since-recession-driven-by-surge-in-self-employment-says-tuc The rising number of people in work since the recession has been driven by a surge in self-employment, according to new TUC analysis published ahead of the latest unemployment figures due later today.

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Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:29:48 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14516-rising-job-levels-since-recession-driven-by-surge-in-self-employment-says-tuc
The Prime Minister is 'tilting at windmills' on working time, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14471-the-prime-minister-is-tilting-at-windmills-on-working-time-says-tuc The TUC has accused the Prime Minister of 'tilting at windmills' ahead of his speech later today on the European Union.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:30:32 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14471-the-prime-minister-is-tilting-at-windmills-on-working-time-says-tuc
Underground agency staff to be balloted http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14431-underground-agency-staff-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-over-termination-of-contract Tube union RMT said today that it is to ballot all staff working on London Underground's "Trainpeople" agency contract for strike action over the termination of a deal which will dump dozens of staff on the dole and which makes a mockery of regulations which were supposed to protect the employment rights of agency staff.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:03:35 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14431-underground-agency-staff-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-over-termination-of-contract
Four year real wage fall will cost average worker £6,000 http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14425-four-year-real-wage-fall-will-cost-average-worker-6-000 The average worker will lose around £6,000 by 2014 as a result of wages failing to keep pace with rising prices, according to new TUC analysis published ahead of the latest inflation figures today.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:16:46 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14425-four-year-real-wage-fall-will-cost-average-worker-6-000
RMT shows continued growth in face of savage attack on jobs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14376-rmt-shows-continued-growth-in-face-of-savage-attack-on-jobs Rail, maritime and transport union RMT announced today that the organisation has continued to increase its membership in the past twelve months in the teeth of the most savage attacks on jobs and working conditions for a generation.

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Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:00:35 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14376-rmt-shows-continued-growth-in-face-of-savage-attack-on-jobs
Benefits up-rating cap is unfair and a big political risk for the government, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14354-benefits-up-rating-cap-is-unfair-and-a-big-political-risk-for-the-government-says-tuc Ahead of the Commons vote today (Tuesday) on capping the up-rating of welfare benefits, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14354-benefits-up-rating-cap-is-unfair-and-a-big-political-risk-for-the-government-says-tuc
RMT reaction to Transport Committee report on railways http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14325-rmt-reaction-to-transport-committee-report-on-railways Responding to today's House of Commons Transport Committee Report on Rail 2020, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14325-rmt-reaction-to-transport-committee-report-on-railways
Teachers strike at Chesterfield School http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14259-teachers-strike-at-chesterfield-school Members of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union are taking part in two days of strike action at Dunston Primary School, Chesterfield.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14259-teachers-strike-at-chesterfield-school
Talk to us, union tells North Lanarkshire http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14227-talk-to-us-union-tells-north-lanarkshire North Lanarkshire branch has welcomed the council's statement that it is delaying a decision on £73m cuts until the new year and called on the authority to use the time for urgent talks with the unions.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14227-talk-to-us-union-tells-north-lanarkshire
Unlimited pay discretion is incompatible with retention of a national pay framework http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14181-unlimited-pay-discretion-is-incompatible-with-retention-of-a-national-pay-framework Commenting on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and the publication of the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) report on local and regional pay, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:

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Rising City profits have hit wages, business investment and non-financial firms http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14119-rising-city-profits-have-hit-wages-business-investment-and-non-financial-firms Rising financial profits have reduced workers' wages and squeezed profits across the rest of the economy, according to a new TUC report published today.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14119-rising-city-profits-have-hit-wages-business-investment-and-non-financial-firms
Rail strike ballot over catalogue of safety breaches http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14051-rail-strike-ballot-over-catalogue-of-safety-breaches Rail union RMT confirmed today that it is balloting for industrial action over safety after a series of recent incidents shone the spotlight on corner-cutting and the drive for profit at the expense of safety on the Network Rail High-Output Electrification contract run for NR by the Amey Colas Joint Venture (ACJV).

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14051-rail-strike-ballot-over-catalogue-of-safety-breaches
1,200 workers vote on industrial action at leading West Midlands food company http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14032-1-200-workers-vote-on-industrial-action-at-leading-west-midlands-food-company About 1,200 workers at the 2 Sisters Food Group in the West Midlands are being balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions, and a culture of alleged bullying.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14032-1-200-workers-vote-on-industrial-action-at-leading-west-midlands-food-company
Engineering construction workers accept three year pay deal http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14012-engineering-construction-workers-accept-three-year-pay-deal Engineering and construction workers have agreed to a 7.7 per cent pay deal over three years (2013-2015).

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/14012-engineering-construction-workers-accept-three-year-pay-deal
Big divide in fund manager positions on company reports http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13940-big-divide-in-fund-manager-positions-on-company-reports There was a sharp divide in the positions taken by fund managers last year, with a small number backing 85 per cent of company resolutions and a small minority supporting 25 per cent or less, according to the latest TUC Fund Manager Voting survey published today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13940-big-divide-in-fund-manager-positions-on-company-reports
New plan an important step in improving workplace pensions, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13871-new-plan-an-important-step-in-improving-workplace-pensions-says-tuc Commenting on the publication today of the government's new reinvigoration strategy for workplace pensions, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13871-new-plan-an-important-step-in-improving-workplace-pensions-says-tuc
Unions call on police bosses to sign employment charter http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13870-unions-call-on-police-bosses-to-sign-employment-charter The UK's three biggest unions are calling on newly-elected police and crime commissioners and chief constables to sign up to a new 'Police staff employment charter'.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13870-unions-call-on-police-bosses-to-sign-employment-charter
Government commits to Fair Deal on pensions for transferred staff http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13825-government-commits-to-fair-deal-on-pensions-for-transferred-staff The government has confirmed that civil servants who are transferred out of the service will be allowed to retain membership of their current pension scheme.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13825-government-commits-to-fair-deal-on-pensions-for-transferred-staff
Greencore workers win claim for £1.2 million http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13794-greencore-workers-win-claim-for-1-2-million Over 400 workers at Greencore - a key supplier of cakes and desserts to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose - will receive a share of up to £1.2 million, after Unite won a successful employment tribunal on behalf of the workers against the company.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13794-greencore-workers-win-claim-for-1-2-million
Low turnouts should sound death knell for Tory moves against unions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13782-low-turnouts-should-sound-death-knell-for-tory-moves-against-unions Low turnouts in the elections for police commissioners should "sound the death knell" for Tory-led calls for thresholds in trade union ballots

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13782-low-turnouts-should-sound-death-knell-for-tory-moves-against-unions
Aberdeenshire UNISON welcomes a living wage for council workers http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13776-aberdeenshire-unison-welcomes-a-living-wage-for-council-workers Aberdeenshire UNISON has welcomed the council's decision to pay the Scottish living wage to around 1,500 of its lowest paid workers.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13776-aberdeenshire-unison-welcomes-a-living-wage-for-council-workers
Farm life to rock the Commons in attempt to stop poverty pay http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13685-farm-life-to-rock-the-commons-in-attempt-to-stop-poverty-pay Angry farm workers will be bringing the countryside to Westminster to demand an end to the coalition government's attempts to push rural workers in to poverty.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13685-farm-life-to-rock-the-commons-in-attempt-to-stop-poverty-pay
Unemployment: 4 years to fall to pre-recession levels http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13683-unemployment-4-years-to-fall-to-pre-recession-levels It could take nearly four years to get unemployment in Britain back down to its pre-recession level, according to new analysis released today by the TUC.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13683-unemployment-4-years-to-fall-to-pre-recession-levels
Austerity fears affecting the health of UK workers http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13610-austerity-fears-affecting-the-health-of-uk-workers The harsh economic climate, austerity-related job cuts and job loss fears amongst those still in work is having a real impact on the health and well-being of workers, according to a TUC safety survey published today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13610-austerity-fears-affecting-the-health-of-uk-workers
Why the living wage matters: Henry Chango Lopez http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13563-why-the-living-wage-matters-henry-chango-lopez This is Living Wage Week, and UNISON is campaigning for a living wage for all its members.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13563-why-the-living-wage-matters-henry-chango-lopez
Top bosses continue to cash in by 'stealth' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13562-top-bosses-continue-to-cash-in-by-stealth-says-unite Top bosses are building up their earnings 'by stealth' while the pay of millions of working people is being frozen or slashed, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13562-top-bosses-continue-to-cash-in-by-stealth-says-unite
Living Wage week–why the wage matters http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13538-living-wage-week-why-the-wage-matters This week is Living Wage week. UNISON is campaigning for a Living Wage for all its members.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13538-living-wage-week-why-the-wage-matters
Industrial conflict isn't all about strikes http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13527-industrial-conflict-isn-t-all-about-strikes Industrial action is no longer the threat it was for employers, particularly in the private sector, but trade unions are finding new ways to put employers under pressure, according to new research by the CIPD.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13527-industrial-conflict-isn-t-all-about-strikes
UNISON hits ground running in Rotherham crisis http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13512-unison-hits-ground-running-in-rotherham-crisis UNISON's rapid response to the crisis at Rotherham Hospital, where management has announced plans to axe 750 jobs, has seen recruitment rise in the last few days.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13512-unison-hits-ground-running-in-rotherham-crisis
Low-paid workers hit by poor pension provision http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13473-low-paid-workers-hit-by-poor-pension-provision Low-paid workers are far less likely to have a workplace pension, and those that do have far lower employer contribution rates, according to a new TUC report published today that assesses the health of UK pension provision

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13473-low-paid-workers-hit-by-poor-pension-provision
Isle of Man bus drivers to hold strike ballot, as they face £3,000 pay cut http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13355-isle-of-man-bus-drivers-to-hold-strike-ballot-as-they-face-3-000-pay-cut Bus drivers on the Isle of Man will be holding a ballot for strike action as the Manx government tries to slash drivers' wages by up to £3,000-a-year.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13355-isle-of-man-bus-drivers-to-hold-strike-ballot-as-they-face-3-000-pay-cut
Huge drop in household incomes shows need to put jobs and wages centre stage http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13354-huge-drop-in-household-incomes-shows-need-to-put-jobs-and-wages-centre-stage Commenting on the latest statistics on national well-being published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13354-huge-drop-in-household-incomes-shows-need-to-put-jobs-and-wages-centre-stage
Strong unions and job security http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13312-strong-unions-and-job-security A new article sheds light on how unions affect job security guarantees - where the employer promises not to resort to compulsory redundancy.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13312-strong-unions-and-job-security
Employment initiatives should be focused on the long-term jobless http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13266-employment-initiatives-should-be-focused-on-the-long-term-jobless The long-term unemployed – those out of work for more than 12 months – are the continuing victims behind the latest jobless figures, Unite, the country's largest union, said today.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13266-employment-initiatives-should-be-focused-on-the-long-term-jobless
Young black men have experienced sharpest unemployment rise http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13253-young-black-men-have-experienced-sharpest-unemployment-rise Young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16-24 year olds (26 per cent) currently out of work, according to a TUC report on youth unemployment published today.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13253-young-black-men-have-experienced-sharpest-unemployment-rise
DHL Neasden Depot pay fight casts a shadow over Man Utd sponsorship http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13242-dhl-neasden-depot-pay-fight-casts-a-shadow-over-man-utd-sponsorship RMT members at DHL's Neasden depot in North London will strike for 24 hours next Monday in a dispute over pay and conditions.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13242-dhl-neasden-depot-pay-fight-casts-a-shadow-over-man-utd-sponsorship
RMT response to Virgin West Coast stitch up http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13213-rmt-response-to-virgin-west-coast-stitch-up RMT General Secretary Bob Crow on Virgin West Coast contract. "This announcement is no surprise. The Government are ideologically opposed to public ownership of the railways and, in collusion with the private train operators, have stitched up a shabby deal that will enable them to rerun the whole franchise fiasco in a years time.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13213-rmt-response-to-virgin-west-coast-stitch-up
Union members set for A Future that Works http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13179-union-members-set-for-a-future-that-works UNISON members in Halton in Cheshire are so angry at the government's austerity measures that at least 60 of them will be making the journey to London on 20 October to join thousands of others from around the country on the March for a Future that Works.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13179-union-members-set-for-a-future-that-works
Unite comment on British Gas 6% fuel rise http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13178-unite-comment-on-british-gas-6-fuel-rise Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "With winter approaching, low waged people will now be terrified about how they are going to find another £80.

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Tube driver prevents lethal incident http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13135-tube-driver-prevents-potentially-lethal-incident-with-12-year-old Tube union RMT today praised the intervention of a Bakerloo Line tube driver which prevented a potential tragedy involving a 12 year old boy

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13135-tube-driver-prevents-potentially-lethal-incident-with-12-year-old
Standing up for jailed teacher activists http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13042-standing-up-for-jailed-teacher-activists The NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, is marking World Teachers' Day today (Friday) by urging members to stand up for two teachers who have been arrested and imprisoned without a fair trial for campaigning for better rights for teachers.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/13042-standing-up-for-jailed-teacher-activists
'Privatisation delivers results – for company shareholders' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12980-privatisation-delivers-results-for-company-shareholders "Privatisation delivers results – for company shareholders," UNISON member Katrina Gilman told the Labour party conference in Manchester today.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12980-privatisation-delivers-results-for-company-shareholders
NHS pay freeze branded 'disgrace' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12946-nhs-pay-freeze-branded-disgrace The proposal floated by NHS Employers that pay for health service employees should be frozen for a third year running was branded as 'a disgraceful attack on hard working staff' by Unite, the largest union in the country.

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Chauvinism to blame for decline in union power http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12937-chauvinism-to-blame-for-decline-in-union-power Britain's male-dominated unions are allowing chauvinism to erode their power as more women enter the labour market, a groundbreaking new study has suggested

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12937-chauvinism-to-blame-for-decline-in-union-power
New minimum wage rate is a real terms pay cut, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12908-new-minimum-wage-rate-is-a-real-terms-pay-cut-says-tuc Government plans to increase the minimum wage by 1.8 per cent for adult workers and freeze the rate for young workers will result in the lowest paid suffering a real terms pay cut, the TUC said today (Monday).

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The economic and political perils of regional pay bargaining http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12853-the-economic-and-political-perils-of-regional-pay-bargaining Plans for local and regional pay bargaining in the public sector were first mooted by the Chancellor in the 2012 Budget, with pay review bodies reporting to the Treasury this summer and autumn

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12853-the-economic-and-political-perils-of-regional-pay-bargaining
Escalation of action is entirely the responsibility of the Secretary of State http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12843-escalation-of-action-is-entirely-the-responsibility-of-the-secretary-of-state Speaking as the escalation of the Industrial Action by the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union begins today, General Secretary Chris Keates, said..

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12843-escalation-of-action-is-entirely-the-responsibility-of-the-secretary-of-state
Regional pay plans are unfair and won't help patients or pupils http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12816-regional-pay-plans-are-unfair-and-won-t-help-patients-or-pupils Government plans for postcode pay in the public sector are unfair and would be bad for NHS patients and schoolchildren in poorer areas, according to polling published by the TUC today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12816-regional-pay-plans-are-unfair-and-won-t-help-patients-or-pupils
Government should bin postcode pay for public sector workers, says Unite http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12801-government-should-bin-postcode-pay-for-public-sector-workers-says-unite Unite, Britain's biggest union, is urging the government to scrap plans for regional pay as new research echoes the union's concerns that it will lead to postcode pay in the public sector.

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Cable's capitulation will increase insecurity, not jobs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12665-cable-s-capitulation-will-increase-insecurity-not-jobs Unite the union, the country's biggest, condemned moves today by business secretary Vince Cable to dilute further the already pitiful framework of rights for UK workers

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12665-cable-s-capitulation-will-increase-insecurity-not-jobs
NHS managers in south west accused of intimidation, as they attempt to drive down pay http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12655-nhs-managers-in-south-west-accused-of-intimidation-as-they-attempt-to-drive-down-pay NHS managers, desperate to push through cuts to pay and conditions for staff in the south west, were accused of bullying union reps by Unite, the largest union in the country.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12655-nhs-managers-in-south-west-accused-of-intimidation-as-they-attempt-to-drive-down-pay
Austerity has created a tough climate for union negotiators http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12582-austerity-has-created-a-tough-climate-for-union-negotiators Austerity and the poor state of the economy has created a tough climate for union negotiators, according to the TUC Equality Audit published today (Tuesday).

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12582-austerity-has-created-a-tough-climate-for-union-negotiators
De-regulation kills, warns TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12575-de-regulation-kills-warns-tuc Government plans to abolish safety inspections in thousands of businesses across the UK will put the health of millions of workers at risk the TUC warned today (Monday) at its annual Congress in Brighton

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12575-de-regulation-kills-warns-tuc
Public sector bodies failing to control taxpayer-funded trade union time http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12527-public-sector-bodies-failing-to-control-taxpayer-funded-trade-union-time On the eve of the 2012 Trades Union Congress, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) has today published a new legal briefing - by barrister Francis Hoar, a member of Field Court Chambers in Gray's Inn - examining facility time in the public sector, which finds that "many public sector employers have not approached 'facility' time in the manner envisaged by industrial relations law"

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12527-public-sector-bodies-failing-to-control-taxpayer-funded-trade-union-time
Quality of apprenticeship schemes must be improved http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12524-quality-of-apprenticeship-schemes-must-be-improved Stronger regulation and enforcement is needed to weed out sub-standard apprenticeship schemes and raise quality standards, the TUC says today (Thursday) in its submission to the Richard Review into the future of apprenticeships.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12524-quality-of-apprenticeship-schemes-must-be-improved
Unite suspends Capita industrial action http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12517-unite-suspends-capita-industrial-action Unite the union has today suspended the industrial action at Capita ITS after the company confirmed it was "standing down" its 2013 offshoring and job loss programme

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12517-unite-suspends-capita-industrial-action
TUC attack celebrity tax avoidance http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12516-tuc-attack-celebrity-tax-avoidance With tax avoidance by companies and the super-rich costing the public purse an estimated £25 billion a year, the TUC has today published Kerching! - a spoof celebrity-gossip style magazine - to embarrass the government into acting against the celebrity tax dodgers who are only paying a fraction of the tax they should be

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12516-tuc-attack-celebrity-tax-avoidance
One million more people have joined under-employed workforce since 2008 http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12482-one-million-more-people-have-joined-under-employed-workforce-since-2008 A million more workers are under-employed now than on the eve of the recession in early 2008, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12482-one-million-more-people-have-joined-under-employed-workforce-since-2008
Half a million people approaching state pension age are too ill to work http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12459-half-a-million-people-approaching-state-pension-age-are-too-ill-to-work Disability and poor health are preventing nearly half a million people approaching retirement from working, a figure that will only increase as the state pension age (SPA) starts to rise, according to a TUC analysis of official labour market data published today (Friday).

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12459-half-a-million-people-approaching-state-pension-age-are-too-ill-to-work
Health workers lobby against pay cartel http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12438-health-workers-lobby-against-pay-cartel UNISON members yesterday lobbied the North Devon NHS Healthcare Trust executive board meeting next week. They were questioning the Trust's involvement in the South West NHS pay cartel and asking them "how dare you?".

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12438-health-workers-lobby-against-pay-cartel
Unite local government members vote to accept proposals on pensions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12405-unite-local-government-members-vote-to-accept-proposals-on-pensions Members of Unite, Britain's biggest union, who work in local government have voted to accept the proposals negotiated between local government employers and the trade unions on changes to the local government pension scheme (LGPS)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12405-unite-local-government-members-vote-to-accept-proposals-on-pensions
UK economy is becoming even more dependent on financial services http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12311-uk-economy-is-becoming-even-more-dependent-on-financial-services The government is failing in its pledge to rebalance the economy, which is now more dependent than ever on financial services, according to the latest TUC economy report published today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12311-uk-economy-is-becoming-even-more-dependent-on-financial-services
Jobless figures prompt renewed call by Unite for economic Plan B http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12279-jobless-figures-prompt-renewed-call-by-unite-for-economic-plan-b The latest jobless figures are a wake-up reminder of the government's continuing failure in economic policy - after the Olympics' euphoria - Unite, the country's largest union, said today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12279-jobless-figures-prompt-renewed-call-by-unite-for-economic-plan-b
TUC fear for youth jobs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12266-tuc-fear-for-youth-jobs Young people finishing school, college or university this summer are facing the toughest outlook since 1994, according to a TUC analysis published today (Wednesday) ahead of the latest unemployment figures published at 9.30 this morning

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12266-tuc-fear-for-youth-jobs
Stop exploiting post-graduate vets, universities told http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12169-stop-exploiting-post-graduate-vets-universities-told The future of veterinary medicine could be jeopardised by the poor pay and conditions that post-graduate vets receive when they attend the seven UK veterinary schools, a new survey by Unite has revealed

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Tesco drivers in Doncaster face uncertain future http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12125-tesco-drivers-in-doncaster-face-uncertain-future Fears are growing about the future job prospects of more than 200 drivers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12125-tesco-drivers-in-doncaster-face-uncertain-future
Government's market-led approach will undermine localism agenda http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12114-government-s-market-led-approach-will-undermine-localism-agenda A new report published today (Tuesday) by unions and voluntary sector groups highlights potential flaws in the government's localism agenda, as outlined in the Localism Act.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12114-government-s-market-led-approach-will-undermine-localism-agenda
New pensions charges scandal looms http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12104-new-pensions-charges-scandal-looms The TUC is today (Monday) calling on the government to ban employers from passing on the costs of taking advice from consultants on the implementation of their new legal duty to automatically enrol staff in a pension to staff pension pots.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12104-new-pensions-charges-scandal-looms
Scandal of workers forced to pay for their own protective safety equipment http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12087-scandal-of-workers-forced-to-pay-for-their-own-protective-safety-equipment A TUC survey published today (Friday) reveals that despite laws which say employers must give their staff personal protective equipment (PPE) free of charge, more than one in five workers are being forced to pay for it out of their own pocket.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12087-scandal-of-workers-forced-to-pay-for-their-own-protective-safety-equipment
Unions and passengers fear for the future of ticket offices on London Midland line http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12061-unions-and-passengers-fear-for-the-future-of-ticket-offices-on-london-midland-line Campaigners from Action for Rail are holding a day of protest today (Thursday) amidst fears that the Department for Transport (DfT) will give the green light to the closure or severely-reduced opening hours of 86 of the 90 stations operated by London Midland.

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Second Remploy workers’ strike tomorrow http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12050-second-remploy-workers-strike-tomorrow Remploy workers will stage their second 24-hour strike tomorrow , as Iain Duncan Smith – the self-confessed 'quiet man' of British politics – remains silent as to their plight

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/12050-second-remploy-workers-strike-tomorrow
Unite backs Miliband call for a review of G4S public policing role http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11934-unite-backs-miliband-call-for-a-review-of-g4s-public-policing-role Unite the union today welcomed moves by Labour leader Ed Miliband to push for a review of all G4S involvement in public policing

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11934-unite-backs-miliband-call-for-a-review-of-g4s-public-policing-role
London bus workers accept Olympics bonus offer http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11921-london-bus-workers-accept-olympics-bonus-offer London bus workers have accepted an Olympics bonus payment offered to them and called off strike action. The Unite union said its members voted to accept £577 in return for working during the Games period.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11921-london-bus-workers-accept-olympics-bonus-offer
Healthworkers fight back in North East http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11918-healthworkers-fight-back-in-north-east Health workers at Northumbria Healthcare will lobby their trust governors' AGM this evening ahead of a one-day strike tomorrow.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11918-healthworkers-fight-back-in-north-east
Rising long-term unemployment is still big threat http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11889-rising-long-term-unemployment-is-still-big-threat Long-term unemployment is at crisis levels and getting worse, even as the rest of the labour market improves, the TUC warns today ahead of the latest unemployment figures published tomorrow

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11889-rising-long-term-unemployment-is-still-big-threat
TUC on statutory register of lobbyists http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11843-tuc-on-statutory-register-of-lobbyists Responding to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee's report published today (Friday) on introducing a statutory register of lobbyists, TUC Head of Campaigns and Communications Nigel Stanley said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11843-tuc-on-statutory-register-of-lobbyists
Government must stop dithering over Britain's future airport http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11825-government-must-stop-dithering-over-britain-s-future-airport Commenting on the government's announcement today that its consultation on future UK airport capacity has been delayed, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11825-government-must-stop-dithering-over-britain-s-future-airport
RMT secures major Olympics payments breakthrough http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11815-rmt-secures-major-olympics-payments-breakthrough Rail union RMT today called off a strike ballot over Olympics payments on key train operator First Great Western after hammering out a new agreement that will ensure that all staff right across the service will secure additional benefits.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11815-rmt-secures-major-olympics-payments-breakthrough
Unite recommends Olympic award offer to London bus workers http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11769-unite-recommends-olympic-award-offer-to-london-bus-workers At a packed meeting held in London yestrday, Unite union representatives from 20 London bus operators overwhelmingly voted to recommend an offer to London's bus workers of an Olympic award

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11769-unite-recommends-olympic-award-offer-to-london-bus-workers
TUC appoints Grady first female leader http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11754-tuc-appoints-first-female-leader Frances O'Grady is to take over from Brendan Barber as TUC General Secretary when he retires at the end of the year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11754-tuc-appoints-first-female-leader
Coastguard and seafarers' unions demand halt to closures http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11666-coastguard-and-seafarers-unions-demand-halt-to-closures Coastguard and seafarers' unions PCS and RMT today demanded a halt to the government's planned cuts and closure programme to coastguard and maritime rescue centres

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11666-coastguard-and-seafarers-unions-demand-halt-to-closures
RMT calls on Scottish Government to walk the talk on public ownership http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11537-rmt-calls-on-scottish-government-to-walk-the-talk-on-public-ownership On the day that plans for Scottish railways from 2014 are due to be unveiled at Holyrood, rail union RMT has called on SNP politicians to “walk the talk” on public ownership

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11537-rmt-calls-on-scottish-government-to-walk-the-talk-on-public-ownership
RMT to ballot for action on Greater Anglia over Olympics payments http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11529-rmt-to-ballot-for-action-on-greater-anglia-over-olympics-payments Rail union RMT announced today that it is making urgent preparations for a ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike of all members on the Greater Anglia franchise following Olympics recognition and reward proposals from the company that RMT dismissed as “both divisive and wholly inadequate.”

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11529-rmt-to-ballot-for-action-on-greater-anglia-over-olympics-payments
Mandatory work activity scheme extended http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11466-mandatory-work-activity-scheme-extended The Government has announced a £5million expansion of the Mandatory Work Activity scheme, requiring more jobseekers to do a month's full time activity to help them back into work. The expansion will allow for as many as 60-70,000 referrals to the scheme each year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11466-mandatory-work-activity-scheme-extended
UK can't afford to bury head in the sand on public services reforms http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11368-uk-cant-afford-to-bury-head-in-the-sand-on-public-services-reforms The IPPR briefing, The Long View, contributed to by the CBI, stresses the importance of addressing long-term public services reform challenges now

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11368-uk-cant-afford-to-bury-head-in-the-sand-on-public-services-reforms
Partial u-turns show how ill-thought through and out of touch Cameron and Osborne's Budget was - Reeves http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11317-partial-u-turns-show-how-ill-thought-through-and-out-of-touch-cameron-and-osbornes-budget-was-reeves Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in response to reports that the government is to make partial u-turns on the pasty tax and caravan tax, said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11317-partial-u-turns-show-how-ill-thought-through-and-out-of-touch-cameron-and-osbornes-budget-was-reeves
UNICEF warns Government cuts will increase child poverty in the UK http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11299-unicef-warns-government-cuts-will-increase-child-poverty-in-the-uk The UK did better than many other rich countries in reducing child poverty and deprivation during the early years of the financial crisis. But the current government's policies to reduce spending will reverse this, and more children will grow up in poverty

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11299-unicef-warns-government-cuts-will-increase-child-poverty-in-the-uk
Complex benefit system leading to fraud and error http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11198-complex-benefit-system-leading-to-fraud-and-error New fraud and error figures show why fundamental reform of the benefits system is so vital, Ministers said today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11198-complex-benefit-system-leading-to-fraud-and-error
Government is cutting vital sources of support for victims of discrimination http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11159-government-is-cutting-vital-sources-of-support-for-victims-of-discrimination Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) that the government is to cut the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) budget, outsource its helpline and scale back the public sector equalities duty, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said..

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Work programme has risks say MPs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11156-work-programme-has-risks-say-mps The Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes its 84th Report of Session 2010-12, Department for Work and Pensions: the introduction of the Work Programme

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Inequality led to debt for low to middle income households says think tank http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11154-inequality-led-to-debt-for-low-to-middle-income-households-says-think-tank Low to middle income households were reliant on borrowing to fund much of their spending for more than a decade before the financial crisis, according to a new report for the independent think tank the Resolution Foundation

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Support for people on sickness benefits to get back into the workplace http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11145-support-for-people-on-sickness-benefits-to-get-back-into-the-workplace Thousands of people who have been on sickness benefits for more than 15 years have been found fit to work and will now get support to help them back into a job, new analysis reveals today

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Thousands of Unite’s public sector members take part in pensions’ protest http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11113-thousands-of-unites-public-sector-members-take-part-in-pensions-protest Thousands of public sector employees will be taking industrial action across the country today against the unrelenting onslaught on their pensions by the government

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Pension strikes tomorrow http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11101-pension-strikes-tomorrow Thousands of public sector employees will be taking industrial action across the country tomorrow (Thursday, 10 May) against the unrelenting onslaught on their pensions by the government

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11101-pension-strikes-tomorrow
Government gives one year’s notice of benefit cap http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11096-government-gives-one-years-notice-of-benefit-cap Letters are being sent this week to households who may be affected by the benefit cap, Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud has announced

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11096-government-gives-one-years-notice-of-benefit-cap
We need "national insurance", not a welfare state just for the poor http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11063-we-need-qnational-insuranceq-not-a-welfare-state-just-for-the-poor A new TUC Touchstone pamphlet published today (Friday) argues that successive governments have undermined the social security system so that it no longer enjoys popular support

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OECD asked to probe ‘blatant violations’ by Liverpool packaging firm http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/11019-oecd-asked-to-probe-blatant-violations-by-liverpool-packaging-firm Top economic organisation, the OECD, has been asked to investigate the ‘blatant violations’ perpetrated by Liverpool packaging company, Mayr-Melnhof Packaging (MMP), which has unlawfully dismissed more than 140 workers

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'John Lewis-style business' pension for civil servants goes lives http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10997-john-lewis-style-business-pension-for-civil-servants-goes-lives A civil service pension scheme has become the government's first mutualised Whitehall service

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10997-john-lewis-style-business-pension-for-civil-servants-goes-lives
Royal Mail's stamp price rises come into force http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10996-royal-mails-stamp-price-rises-come-into-force A rise in the cost of stamps has come into force after weeks of stockpiling by some consumers

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10996-royal-mails-stamp-price-rises-come-into-force
Ford faces first strike since 1970s http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10948-ford-faces-first-strike-since-1970s Unite, Britain's biggest union, has given Ford UK notice of its intention to hold a ballot for industrial action over pensions

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10948-ford-faces-first-strike-since-1970s
Half of over-50s 'will have to work beyond state pension age' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10940-half-of-over-50s-will-have-to-work-beyond-state-pension-age Today the Pensions Policy Institute publishes new research which considers the implications for retirement income of Government policies to extend working lives

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10940-half-of-over-50s-will-have-to-work-beyond-state-pension-age
Quango cull figures are false say MPs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10922-quango-cull-figures-are-false-say-mps Public Accounts Committee publishes report which, on the basis of evidence from the Cabinet Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Ministry of Justice, examined changes to arm's length bodies across government

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Mixed messages from government when it comes to filtering porn http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10892-mixed-messages-from-government-when-it-comes-to-filtering-porn The UK's leading web security and filtering specialist is warning that the Government must see through its promise to protect children from pornographic images on the Internet

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10892-mixed-messages-from-government-when-it-comes-to-filtering-porn
Companies paying less tax than we do on pasties http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10882-companies-paying-less-tax-than-we-do-on-pasties Many multi-national companies are paying a lower rate of tax on their profits than most people pay on their income or when buying items subject to VAT, the TUC says today (Thursday) as it urges the government to launch a comprehensive review of the tax system to ensure that everyone pays their fair share

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10882-companies-paying-less-tax-than-we-do-on-pasties
Labour market showing more signs of stability but we still have challenges ahead http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10873-labour-market-showing-more-signs-of-stability-but-we-still-have-challenges-ahead The labour market is showing real signs of stabilisation despite the continuing tough economic climate

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10873-labour-market-showing-more-signs-of-stability-but-we-still-have-challenges-ahead
Brendan Barber to retire from TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10867-brendan-barber-to-retire-from-tuc The TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, today (Wednesday) informed the TUC Executive Committee of his decision to retire from the TUC around the end of the year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10867-brendan-barber-to-retire-from-tuc
Women do worse while men do better – unemployment falls http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10866-women-do-worse-while-men-do-better-unemployment-falls Analysis of today’s unemployment figures, by the think tank IPPR, shows that while unemployment has fallen for the first time in ten months, there are 8,000 more women unemployed and 27,000 more women out of work for more than a year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10866-women-do-worse-while-men-do-better-unemployment-falls
Almost a million out of work for more than a year by end of 2012 http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10865-almost-a-million-out-of-work-for-more-than-a-year-by-end-of-2012 Almost a million people will have been out of work for more than a year by the end of 2012, according to new analysis by the think tank IPPR

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Unemployment drops http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10859-unemployment-drops In figures released this morning unemployment has dropped by 25,000 to 2.65 million with total pay increasing by 1.1 per cent

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10859-unemployment-drops
Unions call for strike action http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10853-unions-call-for-strike-action The union's national executive this afternoon unanimously agreed a programme of ongoing action, starting with national strikes over pensions co-ordinated with other unions on 10 May and at the end of June

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10853-unions-call-for-strike-action
Stubborn inflation means real wages keep on falling http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10845-stubborn-inflation-means-real-wages-keep-on-falling Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday) which show that consumer price index (CPI) annual inflation rose to 3.5 per cent and retail price index (RPI) annual inflation fell to 3.6 per cent in March, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said..

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10845-stubborn-inflation-means-real-wages-keep-on-falling
HMT wasting £40bn Northern economic potential http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10834-hmt-wasting-40bn-northern-economic-potential The UK economy would be £40billion better off if Northern economic potential was properly utilised and brought closer in line with other English regions

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10834-hmt-wasting-40bn-northern-economic-potential
TUC says 'Don't Tax Black Country's Pasties' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10786-tuc-says-dont-tax-black-countrys-pasties This week Midlands TUC will launch a campaign against four local MPs' support for the 'Pasty Tax' announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in his recent Budget

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10786-tuc-says-dont-tax-black-countrys-pasties
Extra 100,000 people without a job this year http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10771-extra-100000-people-without-a-job-this-year An extra hundred thousand more people in Britain will be without a job before the end of the summer, according to new analysis by the think tank IPPR. While rising unemployment has begun to slowdown, IPPR analysis of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts shows there is worse to come.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10771-extra-100000-people-without-a-job-this-year
Families could lose 20 times more than they gain from tax changes http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10736-families-could-lose-20-times-more-than-they-gain-from-tax-changes Families will have gained up to £381 by April 2013 as a result of the personal allowance threshold rising faster than inflation - but could have lost more than £4,000 from changes to working tax credits over the same period - the TUC says today (Wednesday) as it launches its new tax credit calculator for 2012

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10736-families-could-lose-20-times-more-than-they-gain-from-tax-changes
ESA to be given 12 month cap http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10676-esa-to-be-given-12-month-cap From 30 April people who are able to get back into the workplace will get Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA (C)) for a maximum of 12 months. This change will affect people in what is known as the Work Related Activity Group

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10676-esa-to-be-given-12-month-cap
The right to choose the best public service at the heart of radical reform programme http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10675-the-right-to-choose-the-best-public-service-at-the-heart-of-radical-reform-programme Increasing parental choice in schools, extending personal budgets so people can choose how they spend money on services and increasing the transparency of public service performance and user satisfaction are all part of the next steps to improve public services by opening them up, as set out in an update paper from the Government today

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MatsSoft invited to address ‘Reforming Public Services’ conference http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10671-matssoft-invited-to-address-reforming-public-services-conference MatsSoft will urge hard-pressed delegates to let technology take the strain at the Changing the Culture of Government, Reforming Public Services conference and exhibition next month

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10671-matssoft-invited-to-address-reforming-public-services-conference
Mass means-testing has failed pensioners - Webb http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10661-mass-means-testing-has-failed-pensioners-webb A new approach to encourage poorer pensioners to claim Pension Credit using automatic payments has had little impact, DWP research reveals today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10661-mass-means-testing-has-failed-pensioners-webb
Cabinet Office and Oracle sign deal to save £75 million for taxpayers http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10631-cabinet-office-and-oracle-sign-deal-to-save-75-million-for-taxpayers The Cabinet Office and Oracle have signed a new deal that will deliver in excess of £75 million in savings by 2015, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, announced today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10631-cabinet-office-and-oracle-sign-deal-to-save-75-million-for-taxpayers
Wrong to deny young people an increase in the minimum wage, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10512-wrong-to-deny-young-people-an-increase-in-the-minimum-wage-says-tuc Responding to the announcement by the government today (Monday) that it has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to freeze the rate of the minimum wage (NMW) for young people from October, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10512-wrong-to-deny-young-people-an-increase-in-the-minimum-wage-says-tuc
CBI comments on National Minimum Wage announcement http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10510-cbi-comments-on-national-minimum-wage-announcement The CBI commented on the announcement of changes to the National Minimum Wage rates from October 2012, recommended by the Low Pay Commission (LPC), and accepted by the Government today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10510-cbi-comments-on-national-minimum-wage-announcement
Osborne urged to invest in transport in the North to create much-needed jobs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10490-osborne-urged-to-invest-in-transport-in-the-north-to-create-much-needed-jobs Following official unemployment figures released this week revealing the gap between the unemployment rate in the North of England and the South East is the widest on record...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10490-osborne-urged-to-invest-in-transport-in-the-north-to-create-much-needed-jobs
BAE Systems staff take pay cut to save others http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10468-bae-systems-staff-take-pay-cut-to-save-others Workers at BAE Systems in Samlesbury have overwhelmingly voted to take a pay cut in order to save 120 jobs at the site

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10468-bae-systems-staff-take-pay-cut-to-save-others
TerraQuest appointed to G-Cloud Framework http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10463-terraquest-appointed-to-g-cloud-framework TerraQuest Solutions Ltd has been appointed to the new Government G-Cloud Framework for Software as a Service (SaaS)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10463-terraquest-appointed-to-g-cloud-framework
Statistics show our benefit reforms are justified http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10459-statistics-show-our-benefit-reforms-are-justified More than one third of people going through Incapacity Benefit reassessment have been found to be fit for work, according to the first set of official statistics released today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10459-statistics-show-our-benefit-reforms-are-justified
Cabinet Office and Capgemini agree deal to help deliver over £200 million in savings http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10458-cabinet-office-and-capgemini-agree-deal-to-help-deliver-over-200-million-in-savings A new deal with one of the Government’s biggest IT services suppliers, Capgemini, will help lead to savings over £200 million, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10458-cabinet-office-and-capgemini-agree-deal-to-help-deliver-over-200-million-in-savings
Staff reduction in central government must remain in order to see savings say NAO http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10450-staff-reduction-in-central-government-must-remain-in-order-to-see-savings-say-nao The National Audit Office has today published its report on the management of ‘early departures’ of staff in central government

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10450-staff-reduction-in-central-government-must-remain-in-order-to-see-savings-say-nao
MPs publish report on automatic enrolment in workplace pensions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10446-mps-publish-report-on-automatic-enrolment-in-workplace-pensions The Government should lift two key restrictions on the operation of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) as a matter of urgency, according to a report published today by the Work and Pensions Select Committee

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10446-mps-publish-report-on-automatic-enrolment-in-workplace-pensions
UK employment may be turning a corner http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10433-uk-employment-may-be-turning-a-corner The UK’s Employment Outlook is heading in the right direction, with more firms looking to hire staff than let people go, a survey of more than 2,000 firms suggests

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10433-uk-employment-may-be-turning-a-corner
Iain Duncan Smith: Welfare reforms realised http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10395-iain-duncan-smith-welfare-reforms-realised Iain Duncan Smith’s Welfare Reform Bill became law today marking an historic moment for the Coalition Government and delivering on his promise to restore the welfare system to one that is fair for society and will make work pay.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10395-iain-duncan-smith-welfare-reforms-realised
Government shared services - increased costs and reduced flexibility http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10379-government-shared-services-increased-costs-and-reduced-flexibility The National Audit Office has today reported on the initiative for government departments to share back-office functions. It concludes that, despite significant cost and effort, the planned benefits of the initiative have not been achieved.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10379-government-shared-services-increased-costs-and-reduced-flexibility
BBC needs to find £700 million annual savings by 2016-17 http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10356-bc-needs-to-find-p700-million-annual-savings-by-2016-17 The Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes its 73rd Report of Session 2010-11, on the basis of evidence from the BBC and the BBC Trust

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10356-bc-needs-to-find-p700-million-annual-savings-by-2016-17
Government figures reveal families will be better off quitting work after tax credit changes http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10341-government-figures-reveal-families-will-be-better-off-quitting-work-after-tax-credit-changes Thousands of families will be better off quitting work after changes to tax credits coming into force next month, according to government figures uncovered by Labour

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Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:05:29 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10341-government-figures-reveal-families-will-be-better-off-quitting-work-after-tax-credit-changes
Government figures reveal families will be better off quitting work after tax credit changes http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10340-government-figures-reveal-families-will-be-better-off-quitting-work-after-tax-credit-changes Thousands of families will be better off quitting work after changes to tax credits coming into force next month, according to government figures uncovered by Labour

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10340-government-figures-reveal-families-will-be-better-off-quitting-work-after-tax-credit-changes
No double-dip recession, but weak growth in 2012 http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10339-no-double-dip-recession-but-weak-growth-in-2012 The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Monday, 5th March) published its new Quarterly Economic Forecast, downgrading its prediction for UK GDP growth in 2012 to 0.6% (from 0.8%) - lower than GDP growth in 2011 of 0.8%

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10339-no-double-dip-recession-but-weak-growth-in-2012
One in 14 public sector workers in the South West lose their jobs as austerity kicks in http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10332-one-in-14-public-sector-workers-in-the-south-west-lose-their-jobs-as-austerity-kicks-in One in 14 public sector workers in the South West lost their jobs between July and September last year, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10332-one-in-14-public-sector-workers-in-the-south-west-lose-their-jobs-as-austerity-kicks-in
Central Government must work better together say NAO http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10327-central-government-must-work-better-together-say-nao The National Audit Office has today published a report on the efficiency of central government office property since 2004. The spending watchdog has found that departments have made good progress in improving the efficiency of their office estate. However, in order to achieve the best value for money, departments should stop managing their estates in isolation from one another

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10327-central-government-must-work-better-together-say-nao
Public sector jobs disappearing in droves say TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10315-public-sector-jobs-disappearing-in-droves-say-tuc Commenting on the latest public sector employment figures published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10315-public-sector-jobs-disappearing-in-droves-say-tuc
David Cameron hails historic moment of Welfare Reform in open letter http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10300-david-cameron-hails-historic-moment-of-welfare-reform-in-open-letter Today marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years. My government has taken bold action to make work pay, while protecting the vulnerable

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Jobcentre union backs anti-workfare campaigns http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10298-jobcentre-union-backs-anti-workfare-campaigns The Public and Commercial Services union, the main union for staff in jobcentres and benefits offices, is encouraging its members and supporters to join demonstrations against a fast food giant participating in a controversial government scheme providing free labour

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10298-jobcentre-union-backs-anti-workfare-campaigns
GCRYPT confirmed as an approved G-Cloud supplier http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10271-gcrypt-confirmed-as-an-approved-g-cloud-supplier As of 27th February 2012 GCRYPT, a UK company that specialises in providing encryption software, has been confirmed as a Government approved G-Cloud supplier

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Up to thirty-five job seekers chasing every vacancy in struggling pockets of the UK http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10237-up-to-thirty-five-job-seekers-chasing-every-vacancy-in-struggling-pockets-of-the-uk Analysis of the latest UK unemployment statistics released from the think tank IPPR North has found there are up to 35 people chasing every job in some ‘cold-spots’ in the UK

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10237-up-to-thirty-five-job-seekers-chasing-every-vacancy-in-struggling-pockets-of-the-uk
UK manufacturers report a strengthening in demand and expect output to grow - CBI http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10196-uk-manufacturers-report-a-strengthening-in-demand-and-expect-output-to-grow-cbi UK manufacturers have reported an encouraging improvement in total and export order books in February, following a much weaker period over late 2011, the CBI said today

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The long road to nowhere http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10184-the-long-road-to-nowhere The idea of the “chicken” game is perhaps most popularly embodied in the automotive duels commonly found in a certain genre of American film. Picture James Dean and his rival accelerating towards the cliff edge in Rebel Without a Cause.The concept, though, goes way beyond cinematic fender-bending, encompassing anything from quotidian face-offs to Cold War nuclear deadlock

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10184-the-long-road-to-nowhere
PIP payment assessments should not be rolled out nationally http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10130-pip-payments-should-not-be-rolled-out-nationally A report published by the Work and Pensions Select Committee concludes that the Government should learn the lessons of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), originally introduced in 2008

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Reputation and relationship: rethinking approaches to public sector marketing http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10127-reputation-and-relationship-rethinking-approaches-to-public-sector-marketing Since the 2010 Spending Review placed a freeze on government marketing, few public awareness campaigns have been getting the go ahead.  In December last year, Conservative health minister Simon Burns noted that the government spent £60.3m on health advertising campaigns in 2009/10, compared to just £4.2m in 2010/11

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10127-reputation-and-relationship-rethinking-approaches-to-public-sector-marketing
Government anticipates £5 billion in cash savings this year http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10126-government-anticipates-p5-billion-in-cash-savings-this-year An unwavering determination to keep eradicating waste in Whitehall has put the Government firmly on track to make around £5 billion in cash savings this year – an even greater number than last year’s significant savings – the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, announced today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10126-government-anticipates-p5-billion-in-cash-savings-this-year
Managing change in the Defence workforce http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10050-managing-change-in-the-defence-workforce Equity investors have helped to deliver many public sector infrastructure projects via the Private Finance Initiative and have managed them in ways from which the public sector can learn. Against a background of limited information, evidence gathered by the National Audit Office raises concern that the public sector is paying more than it should for equity investment

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10050-managing-change-in-the-defence-workforce
Freeze auto-enrolment thresholds to boost pensions saving, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10006-freeze-auto-enrolment-thresholds-to-boost-pensions-saving-says-tuc The TUC has today (Wednesday) urged the government to freeze the lower thresholds in the auto-enrolment regime - keeping the bottom of the earnings band on which contributions have to be paid (£5,564) and the earnings level at which auto-enrolment is triggered (£7,475) - at their current levels

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/10006-freeze-auto-enrolment-thresholds-to-boost-pensions-saving-says-tuc
Ending corporation tax relief for big bank bonuses could raise £1.7bn a year http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9967-ending-corporation-tax-relief-for-big-bank-bonuses-could-raise-p17bn-a-year Ending corporation tax relief for pay and bonuses worth more than 10 times average annual earnings (£26,200) could raise around £1.7bn a year if applied to the banking and financial services sector, according to a new TUC report published today

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Beta of government single domain released http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9921-beta-of-government-single-domain-released The delivery of digital government information that is fit for the 21st century and will lead to anticipated savings of £50 million a year has come one step closer with the beta release of a single domain, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has announced

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9921-beta-of-government-single-domain-released
Government making progress on efficiency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9918-government-making-progress-on-efficiency An initial report by the National Audit Office on progress by central government departments in reducing costs has concluded that departments took effective action in 2010-11, cutting spending in real terms by 2.3 per cent or £7.9 billion, compared with 2009-10

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9918-government-making-progress-on-efficiency
Welfare Reform takes seventh government defeat http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9912-welfare-reform-takes-seventh-government-defeat The Welfare Reform Bill met its seventh government defeat at third reading (31 January). The bill will now be sent to the House of Commons for consideration of amendments

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9912-welfare-reform-takes-seventh-government-defeat
57 per cent found fit to work http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9791-57-per-cent-found-fit-to-work The latest figures show that 57 per cent of people who go through the Work Capability Assessment are found fit for some form of work

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9791-57-per-cent-found-fit-to-work
New online tool in transparency drive http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9782-new-online-tool-in-transparency-drive The Ministry of Justice has published a new online tool that lets people see the length of time cases take in courts across England and Wales

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9782-new-online-tool-in-transparency-drive
CBI comments on NAO report on Work Programme http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9762-cbi-comments-on-nao-report-on-work-programme The CBI commented on a National Audit Office (NAO) report on the Work Programme

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9762-cbi-comments-on-nao-report-on-work-programme
Labour market faces big challenge http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9759-labour-market-faces-big-challenge The world faces the “urgent challenge” of creating 600 million productive jobs over the next decade in order to generate sustainable growth and maintain social cohesion, according to the annual report on global employment by the International Labour Organization (ILO)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9759-labour-market-faces-big-challenge
DWP have been over-optimistic on Work Programme http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9758-dwp-have-been-over-optimistic-on-work-programme The Department for Work and Pensions has introduced the Work Programme quickly, in just over a year, and this has had benefits, but the speed with which it was launched has also increased risks, according to the National Audit Office

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9758-dwp-have-been-over-optimistic-on-work-programme
TUC warns new charges will make tackling discrimination at work even harder http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9731-tuc-warns-new-charges-will-make-tackling-discrimination-at-work-even-harder Introducing fees to take claims to employment tribunals could have a huge impact on ensuring equality at work, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will warn a conference later today (Friday)

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Good, but could do better say NAO http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9721-good-but-could-do-better-say-nao Plans to reorganize central government will bring a range of functions currently at arm’s length closer to ministers, according to the National Audit Office. Moreover, the Cabinet Office and departments are on course to deliver cost reductions extending beyond the Spending Review period

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9721-good-but-could-do-better-say-nao
Act now on unemployment http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9689-act-now-on-unemployment Commenting on todays UK unemployment figures - showing a rise of 118,000 to 2.68m in the three months to November - UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9689-act-now-on-unemployment
Jobless total soars because of ‘dead end’ policies, says Unite http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9688-jobless-total-soars-because-of-dead-end-policies-says-unite The continuing rise in the unemployment figures, announced today (Wednesday 18 January), was laid firmly at the door of the coalition’s ‘dead end’ economic policies by Unite, the largest union in the country

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Unemployment rising by 1,300 a day http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9687-unemployment-rising-by-1300-a-day Responding to the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9687-unemployment-rising-by-1300-a-day
Government must remove employment red tape to get unemployment down http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9686-government-must-remove-employment-red-tape-to-get-unemployment-down Commenting on the latest unemployment figures, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9686-government-must-remove-employment-red-tape-to-get-unemployment-down
Rise in unemployment driven by more people entering the labour market: redundancy levels and JSA claims stabilising http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9685-rise-in-unemployment-driven-by-more-people-entering-the-labour-market-redundancy-levels-and-jsa-claims-stabilising New figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show 29.12 million people in work, a rise of 18,000 compared to the previous quarter

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9685-rise-in-unemployment-driven-by-more-people-entering-the-labour-market-redundancy-levels-and-jsa-claims-stabilising
CBI comments on latest unemployment data http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9684-cbi-comments-on-latest-unemployment-data The CBI commented on the latest unemployment data showing that unemployment is the highest since 1995, with the number of people out of work rising by 118,000 to 2.685 million over the last quarter

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9684-cbi-comments-on-latest-unemployment-data
Unemployment hits 8.4 per cent http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9671-unemployment-hits-84-per-cent The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent, up 0.3 on the previous quarter. There were 2.68 million unemployed people, the highest since 1994 and up 118,000 on the quarter

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9671-unemployment-hits-84-per-cent
Public sector job losses to add to gloomy employment outlook http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9657-public-sector-job-losses-to-add-to-gloomy-employment-outlook With the first unemployment figures of 2012 due out this week, the TUC is warning today (Tuesday) that additional job cuts in local government, education, the NHS and the civil service - announced in November's autumn statement - will have a devastating impact on regional labour markets

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9657-public-sector-job-losses-to-add-to-gloomy-employment-outlook
Unite question Miliband and Labour http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9645-unite-question-miliband-and-labour The country's biggest union, Unite, has warned the Labour party that its embrace of austerity leaves working people without a political alternative to coalition cuts - and could lead to electoral disaster

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9645-unite-question-miliband-and-labour
More strikes to hit Unilever as workers call ten days of walk outs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9629-more-strikes-to-hit-unilever-as-workers-call-ten-days-of-walk-outs A rolling programme of strike action is set to hit corporate giant Unilever's UK operations as workers step up action to defend their pension scheme

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9629-more-strikes-to-hit-unilever-as-workers-call-ten-days-of-walk-outs
Unemployment will hit 3 million by 2013 say think tank http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9617-unemployment-will-hit-3-million-by-2013-say-think-tank Political uncertainty in the Eurozone has paralysed the UK recovery, according to the latest quarterly forecast from the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, with UK GDP expected to flatline for the rest of year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9617-unemployment-will-hit-3-million-by-2013-say-think-tank
One million union members saying no http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9613-one-million-union-members-saying-no Unions representing one million civil servants, teachers, council staff and health workers will be invited to a meeting to discuss the next stage of the campaign against the government's cuts to pensions

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9613-one-million-union-members-saying-no
UK communications sector vital to rebalancing the economy http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9582-uk-communications-sector-vital-to-rebalancing-the-economy The Government needs to “think big” when it publishes its forthcoming Communications Bill, and be ambitious about what one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors can achieve, the CBI said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9582-uk-communications-sector-vital-to-rebalancing-the-economy
Tory attempts to mislead on union representatives a ‘smokescreen’ http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9557-tory-attempts-to-mislead-on-union-representatives-a-smokescreen Unite, the country's biggest union, today (Wednesday 11 January) accused the Tory party of having its priorities all wrong with its continued attack on working people and their unions

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9557-tory-attempts-to-mislead-on-union-representatives-a-smokescreen
Capita cuts jobs at its TV licensing contract http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9545-capita-cuts-jobs-at-its-tv-licensing-contract Unite, Britain's biggest union, expressed  bitter disappointment that Capita will make over 270 redundancies at its TV Licensing contract in Bristol and Glasgow

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9545-capita-cuts-jobs-at-its-tv-licensing-contract
Youth Unemployment and Immigration: More than a Coincidence Says Report http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9495-youth-unemployment-and-immigration-more-than-a-coincidence-says-report A new report has highlighted the ‘remarkable coincidence’ between the rise in youth unemployment in the UK and the huge surge in immigration from Eastern Europe over the last eight years

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9495-youth-unemployment-and-immigration-more-than-a-coincidence-says-report
Total unpaid overtime worked is equivalent to a million extra jobs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9470-total-unpaid-overtime-worked-is-equivalent-to-a-million-extra-jobs The two billion hours of unpaid overtime worked last year would be enough to create over a million extra full-time jobs, the TUC says today (Thursday) as it announces the date for Work Your Proper Hours Day 2012

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9470-total-unpaid-overtime-worked-is-equivalent-to-a-million-extra-jobs
Undersaving Britain – pension saving at the lowest level in 10 years http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9407-undersaving-britain-pension-saving-at-the-lowest-level-in-10-years Only 38% of working-age people - 11.6 million out of 30.4 million people - are saving into a private pension, the lowest level in the past ten years, new analysis by the Department for Work and Pensions showed

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9407-undersaving-britain-pension-saving-at-the-lowest-level-in-10-years
Jobcentre staff threaten strike as unemployment rises http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9290-jobcentre-staff-threaten-strike-as-unemployment-rises Jobcentre staff in an area of high unemployment are threatening strike action as the number of those out of work rises again

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9290-jobcentre-staff-threaten-strike-as-unemployment-rises
Public sector losing jobs 12 times faster than private sector can create them http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9264-public-sector-losing-jobs-12-times-faster-than-private-sector-can-create-them Responding to the latest unemployment figures out today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9264-public-sector-losing-jobs-12-times-faster-than-private-sector-can-create-them
Voluntary Sector Robust in the Work Programme http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9259-voluntary-sector-robust-in-the-work-programme Minister for Employment Chris Grayling has welcomed initial estimates from Work Programme providers which show twenty per cent of people referred to the Work Programme are receiving support from the voluntary sector

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9259-voluntary-sector-robust-in-the-work-programme
Unemployment among women to rise say IPPR http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9258-unemployment-among-women-to-rise-say-ippr Ahead of the publication of the latest UK unemployment figures, the think tank IPPR is warning that unemployment among women is set to increase. IPPR says growth is crucial to create more job opportunities but that the high cost of childcare is also a key barrier to women

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9258-unemployment-among-women-to-rise-say-ippr
New report shows at least 6m people not registered to vote http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9257-new-report-shows-at-least-6m-people-not-registered-to-vote At least six million people in Great Britain were not registered to vote in December 2010, according to a new report from the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9257-new-report-shows-at-least-6m-people-not-registered-to-vote
Uk jobs outlook looks worse than first predicted http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9228-uk-jobs-outlook-looks-worse-than-first-predicted The outlook for jobs has worsened with a survey of 2,100 employers finding that four out of five had no plans to hire workers in the next three months

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9228-uk-jobs-outlook-looks-worse-than-first-predicted
bereavement benefits must support claimants after loss and offer a supported return to work http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9227-bereavement-benefits-must-support-claimants-after-loss-and-offer-a-supported-return-to-work The current system of paying bereavement benefits is inconsistent and complex, with no encouragement to return to work the Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud said today as he published a consultation to ensure that widows and widowers are supported better in the future

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9227-bereavement-benefits-must-support-claimants-after-loss-and-offer-a-supported-return-to-work
Three steps to achieving greater resource efficiency - CBI http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9222-three-steps-to-achieving-greater-resource-efficiency-cbi The Government and industry need to work better together to tackle barriers to using fewer resources, achieve greater efficiencies and encourage businesses to come up with solutions, the CBI said today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9222-three-steps-to-achieving-greater-resource-efficiency-cbi
Unpaid overtime 'boosts economy by £29bn' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9217-unpaid-overtime-boosts-economy-by-p29bn The UK economy is benefitting from unpaid overtime to the tune of £29 billion a year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9217-unpaid-overtime-boosts-economy-by-p29bn
New research shows that Plan B will fail http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9140-new-research-shows-that-plan-b-will-fail A new report released by the Institute of Economic Affairs, No Case for Plan B – Lessons for the Great Recession from the Great Depression, argues that any switch to a Plan B on the economy which involves more government borrowing will not boost growth and will instead simply increase government debt

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9140-new-research-shows-that-plan-b-will-fail
Unison calls for Clarkson to be sacked http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9090-unison-calls-for-clarkson-to-be-sacked UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the BBC to sack Jeremy Clarkson immediately, following his appalling comments about striking public sector workers on the channel’s One Show

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9090-unison-calls-for-clarkson-to-be-sacked
Strong support for strikes say Unison http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9059-strong-support-for-strikes-say-unison UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today reported strong support at picket lines and rallies across the country, for the 24-walk out over plans to make detrimental changes to public sector pensions

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9059-strong-support-for-strikes-say-unison
OBR deals another blow to public sector http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9057-obr-deals-another-blow-to-public-sector As public sector workers take part in the biggest strike for a generation today (Wednesday), a new paper from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts that the gap between CPI and RPI inflation will increase to 1.4 per cent in future

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Private sector should be in uproar at strikes say IEA http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9056-private-sector-should-be-in-uproar-at-strikes-say-iea Commenting on the latest public sector strikes, Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9056-private-sector-should-be-in-uproar-at-strikes-say-iea
Maude calls strikes irresponsible http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9047-maude-calls-strikes-irresponsible Responding to today's Public sector strike,The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude has said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9047-maude-calls-strikes-irresponsible
Poll suggests strike is effective http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9044-poll-suggests-strike-is-effective On average, people think that the average public sector pension is around £14,000, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the TUC and published today (Wednesday)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9044-poll-suggests-strike-is-effective
Public sector strikes biggest in a generation http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9043-public-sector-strikes-biggest-in-a-generation Up to two million public sector workers are staging a strike over pensions in what is set to be the biggest walkout for a generation.Schools, hospitals, airports, ports and government offices will be among sites disrupted, as more than 1,000 demonstrations are due across the UK

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Serwotka slams mismanaged economy http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9039-serwotka-slams-mismanaged-economy Responding to the chancellor's autumn statement PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the government has totally mismanaged the economy leading to increased unemployment and is launching further savage attacks on workers' pay and conditions

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Unison says "stop attacking public sector" http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/9035-unison-says-qstop-attacking-public-sectorq Following the Autumn statement, UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, is calling on the Chancellor to stop the unjust attack on public sector workers and their families

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TUC outlines 10 point plan for UK economy http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8994-tuc-outlines-10-point-plan-for-uk-economy To coincide with the Chancellor's Autumn Statement tomorrow (Tuesday), the TUC has published a 10-point plan to kick-start the UK's flailing economy

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8994-tuc-outlines-10-point-plan-for-uk-economy
Lords examines Government procurement http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8956-lords-examines-government-procurement Members of the Lords, including a former Employment Minister and business experts, will debate the importance of getting a good deal for taxpayer’s money through Government procurement today (Thursday 24 November)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8956-lords-examines-government-procurement
The Crown and suppliers: a new way of working http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8938-the-crown-and-suppliers-a-new-way-of-working For a long time UK Governments have held UK businesses at arm’s length. Too often buying goods and services - to the tune of over £60billion - in a way that disadvantaged domestic firms

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Transforming sickness support will boost productivity and the economy http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8885-transforming-sickness-support-will-boost-productivity-and-the-economy An independent review aimed at reducing the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy is presented to the Government today by health and business experts Dame Carol Black and David Frost

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UK not helping sick back to work http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8849-uk-not-helping-sick-back-to-work The UK lags behind other industrialised countries when it comes to helping sick and injured staff back to work and will continue to do so until it develops a more effective approach to rehabilitation

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Grayling: Figures reaffirm our commitment to growth and to getting young people into work http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8811-grayling-figures-reaffirm-our-commitment-to-growth-and-to-getting-young-people-into-work The challenge of the global economy must not derail plans to stimulate growth and help young people secure employment, Employment Minister Chris Grayling said today

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Defence cuts lead to cost increase http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8784-defence-cuts-lead-to-cost-increase Action taken by the Ministry of Defence to balance its overall budget in the short term following the Strategic Defence and Security Review has contributed to a near £500 million in-year cost increase in the 15 largest defence projects, a report by the National Audit Office has revealed

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8784-defence-cuts-lead-to-cost-increase
Scope report uncovers impact of legal aid cuts on disabled people http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8752-scope-report-uncovers-impact-of-legal-aid-cuts-on-disabled-people A new report exposes the serious consequences for disabled people if the Government goes ahead with plans to cut Legal Aid. The report written by disability charity Scope lays bare how the Government will undermine its own welfare reforms

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8752-scope-report-uncovers-impact-of-legal-aid-cuts-on-disabled-people
Rebalancing act must focus on creating private sector jobs in the North http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8716-rebalancing-act-must-focus-on-creating-private-sector-jobs-in-the-north Analysis published by IPPR North this week shows that the government may well be reducing the number of public sector jobs in the North this is not being matched by the private sector ‘filling the gap’ as originally intended as private sectors jobs in some areas are falling too

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8716-rebalancing-act-must-focus-on-creating-private-sector-jobs-in-the-north
Audit confirms Ministry of Defence waste as staff robbed of millions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8713-audit-confirms-ministry-of-defence-waste-as-staff-robbed-of-millions Spending on external consultants and contracts in the Ministry of Defence is spiralling out of control, while ministers press ahead with raiding the pay and pensions of their staff, PCS says

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8713-audit-confirms-ministry-of-defence-waste-as-staff-robbed-of-millions
Support for credit unions and co-operatives http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8675-support-for-credit-unions-and-co-operatives Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban, has confirmed that a deregulatory package designed to help credit unions and co-operatives compete and grow more effectively has completed its Parliamentary passage

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8675-support-for-credit-unions-and-co-operatives
Compulsory work for long term unemployed http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8663-compulsory-work-for-long-term-unemployed People who have been unemployed for more than two years and haven’t secured sustainable employment could be referred onto compulsory community work placements under plans being considered by the Government

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TUC see impact of cuts in Midlands http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8660-tuc-see-impact-of-cuts-in-midlands TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O'Grady is today (Wednesday) visiting the Midlands as part of a nationwide tour to see at first hand the impact of government spending cuts upon jobs and services across the UK

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8660-tuc-see-impact-of-cuts-in-midlands
North, Scotland and Wales to be hit hardest by welfare reforms says study http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8636-north-scotland-and-wales-to-be-hit-hardest-by-welfare-reforms-says-study A report released today reveals for the first time the likely impact of the reforms to incapacity benefits that are currently underway

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8636-north-scotland-and-wales-to-be-hit-hardest-by-welfare-reforms-says-study
Londoners confident of future economic prospects but Northerners despair as public sector job cuts bite http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8623-londoners-confident-of-future-economic-prospects-but-northerners-despair-as-public-sector-job-cuts-bite More than a third (36 per cent) of people living in London think the capital’s economic future will be ‘better’ than the rest of the UK, compared with just 3 per cent of people living in the North, according to new polling published by think tank, IPPR North

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8623-londoners-confident-of-future-economic-prospects-but-northerners-despair-as-public-sector-job-cuts-bite
Tourism firms sign up to 20.12 per cent discount http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8620-tourism-firms-sign-up-to-2012-per-cent-discount A dozen of the country’s top holiday brands – including Bourne Leisure, Superbreaks and Hoseasons - have signed up to a new 20.12 per cent discount scheme, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8620-tourism-firms-sign-up-to-2012-per-cent-discount
How acn you be more efficient? http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8596-how-acn-you-be-more-efficient The talk at the moment is all about efficiency savings, how much money we need to cut off the budget, how many posts we may need to lose to hit savings targets. The numbers can seem daunting but at the individual level there is always something that can be done more efficiently

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8596-how-acn-you-be-more-efficient
Falling household spending is dragging the economy down, says TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8533-falling-household-spending-is-dragging-the-economy-down-says-tuc Household spending has now been falling for 12 months and is a key drag on the UK's economic growth, the TUC says

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8533-falling-household-spending-is-dragging-the-economy-down-says-tuc
Early findings from pension credit study http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8530-early-findings-from-pension-credit-study Between November 2010 and March 2011, DWP ran a trial which used the information already held to estimate and pay Pension Credit for a short period of time to a sample of people thought to be entitled to, but not receiving, Pension Credit

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8530-early-findings-from-pension-credit-study
Iain Duncan Smith sets out next steps for moving claimants onto Universal Credit http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8529-iain-duncan-smith-sets-out-next-steps-for-moving-claimants-onto-universal-credit Over one million people will be claiming Universal Credit by April 2014 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced today as he set out the Government timetable to move 12 million claimants onto the new benefit by 2017

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8529-iain-duncan-smith-sets-out-next-steps-for-moving-claimants-onto-universal-credit
Thatcher and Blair claim over £800,000 in taxpayers money http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8480-thatcher-and-blair-claim-over-p800000-in-taxpayers-money Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has claimed £535,000 of taxpayers' money over the last five years, government records have shown

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8480-thatcher-and-blair-claim-over-p800000-in-taxpayers-money
Current proposals will not deliver on open data say Socitm http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8464-current-proposals-will-not-deliver-on-open-data-say-socitm Socitm’s responses to the Government’s open data consultations suggest that current proposals will not deliver on the open data promise

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8464-current-proposals-will-not-deliver-on-open-data-say-socitm
Government slash costs and save money again http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8460-government-slash-costs-and-save-money-again As part of its commitment to drive out unnecessary costs and make the UK a world leader in transparency, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, today announced the Government has reduced its spend on Government Procurement cards  and bonuses by £60 million and published a wealth of new information

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8460-government-slash-costs-and-save-money-again
New figures reveal £200m of youth service cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8446-new-figures-reveal-p200m-of-youth-service-cuts UNISON today reveals that a massive £200 million worth of cuts will have been made to youth services by April 2012 - hitting our young people and damaging chances of getting the economy back on track

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8446-new-figures-reveal-p200m-of-youth-service-cuts
Grayling: Government reforms to the Work Capability Assessment start to show results http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8436-grayling-government-reforms-to-the-work-capability-assessment-start-to-show-results The Government’s commitment to provide greater protection for the severely disabled is taking effect, with the latest figures revealing an increase in the number of people assessed for the higher rate of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). However, the figures still show that the majority of people (38 per cent) are being found fit for work

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8436-grayling-government-reforms-to-the-work-capability-assessment-start-to-show-results
Pensions are "the straw that breaks the camel's back" http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8418-pensions-are-qthe-straw-that-breaks-the-camels-backq The proposed changes to public sector pensions are "the straw that breaks the camel's back," says Yorkshire and Humberside regional secretary John Cafferty.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8418-pensions-are-qthe-straw-that-breaks-the-camels-backq
ICT Strategy Strategic Implementation Plan to deliver savings of over a billion pounds http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8405-ict-strategy-strategic-implementation-plan-to-deliver-savings-of-over-a-billion-pounds Francis Maude today launched a detailed plan for the implementation of the Government’s new ICT Strategy which is projected to deliver around £1.4bn of savings within the next 4 years and help deliver better public services digitally

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8405-ict-strategy-strategic-implementation-plan-to-deliver-savings-of-over-a-billion-pounds
Scope call for greater clarity on disability allowance http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8398-scope-call-for-greater-clarity-on-disability-allowance Thousands could be left with little or no financial support, Scope warns.The government argues new payments will be more effectively targeted to those in greatest need, while cutting overpayments of £600m a year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8398-scope-call-for-greater-clarity-on-disability-allowance
Government 's £35 million raid on public sector pensions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8341-government-s-p35-million-raid-on-public-sector-pensions From today, millions of retired public sector workers will see the real value of their pension drop, because payments will be linked to increases in the September CPI, rather than increases in the September RPI, says UNISON, the UK’s largest union

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8341-government-s-p35-million-raid-on-public-sector-pensions
Maude's 'wishful thinking' over appetite for mutual say PCS http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8317-maudes-wishful-thinking-over-appetite-for-mutual-say-pcs Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude's continuing claims that his attempt at mutualising a government body enjoys staff support is completely undermined by figures that show almost no employees see the benefits

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8317-maudes-wishful-thinking-over-appetite-for-mutual-say-pcs
TUC challenges poverty stereotypes at London conference http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8316-tuc-challenges-poverty-stereotypes-at-london-conference TUC research which aims to challenge and dispel popular but unfounded myths and stereotypes about people living in poverty is being published at a conference in London today (Monday)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8316-tuc-challenges-poverty-stereotypes-at-london-conference
Shake-up of Civil Service Training http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8294-shake-up-of-civil-service-training Reforms are now underway to make Civil Service training more modern, efficient and cost-effective the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8294-shake-up-of-civil-service-training
Halt the cuts or abandon a generation to unemployment http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8273-halt-the-cuts-or-abandon-a-generation-to-unemployment With youth unemployment hitting a record high and the total number of people out of work the highest since the Tories were last in office, PCS says the government must take urgent action to reverse the damage it is doing to our economy

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8273-halt-the-cuts-or-abandon-a-generation-to-unemployment
'There is a great deal of anger' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8272-there-is-a-great-deal-of-anger UNISON members in the police force and NHS launched the union's pensions strike ballot in Scotland this week

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8272-there-is-a-great-deal-of-anger
Grayling: unemployment rises as Government announces more support for young people http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8266-grayling-unemployment-rises-as-government-announces-more-support-for-young-people The Government must continue with measures to reduce the deficit, stimulate the economy and support people who lose their jobs back into work, Employment Minister Chris Grayling said today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8266-grayling-unemployment-rises-as-government-announces-more-support-for-young-people
Youth unemployment figures show change in government policy necessary http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8256-youth-unemployment-figures-show-change-in-government-policy-necessary Today's youth unemployment figures signal the need for a change in government policy. Commenting on the change, Professor Philip Booth, Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8256-youth-unemployment-figures-show-change-in-government-policy-necessary
Good progress on efficiency, but work to be done http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8231-good-progress-on-efficiency-but-work-to-be-done The Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes its 49th report of session 2010-12, on the basis of evidence from the Cabinet Office

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8231-good-progress-on-efficiency-but-work-to-be-done
Growth plan should include temporary halt to public sector job cuts, says CIPD http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8214-growth-plan-should-include-temporary-halt-to-public-sector-job-cuts-says-cipd The Government contends that its programme of public sector job cuts is modest and manageable, relative to the overall level of public sector employment and given that the vast bulk of job losses won’t occur until late in the current Parliament. As a result, ministers do not expect public sector austerity to add to unemployment, which would make it more difficult for the Government to meet its fiscal deficit reduction timetable

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8214-growth-plan-should-include-temporary-halt-to-public-sector-job-cuts-says-cipd
Lowest paid workers are bearing the brunt of rising dole queues http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8210-lowest-paid-workers-are-bearing-the-brunt-of-rising-dole-queues People previously working in the lowest paid job groups have made up nearly half of the rise in dole queues since 2008, according to a TUC analysis published today (Monday) ahead of the latest official unemployment figures on Wednesday

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8210-lowest-paid-workers-are-bearing-the-brunt-of-rising-dole-queues
Hundreds of Government websites closed http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8203-hundreds-of-government-websites-closed A government report released today shows that in the past 12 months, significant steps have been taken in the drive to cut unnecessary spending and pave the way for a single government web domain

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8203-hundreds-of-government-websites-closed
BAE Brough factory workers arrive in Manchester http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8156-bae-brough-factory-workers-arrive-in-manchester Workers from the BAE Systems factory in Brough have cycled through the night to Manchester to campaign at the Conservative Party conference

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8156-bae-brough-factory-workers-arrive-in-manchester
Welfare reform vision http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8132-welfare-reform-vision The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has today set out his vision for welfare reform

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8132-welfare-reform-vision
Strengthen job search requirements on benefit claimants, says think tank http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8094-strengthen-job-search-requirements-on-benefit-claimants-says-think-tank Strengthening requirements on benefit claimants to look for a job is the most cost effective way of reducing unemployment and cutting the welfare bill. A new report by leading think tank, Policy Exchange, says that the current ‘job-search’ requirements for some claimants are so weak that simply inquiring about a job, rather than applying, would count towards the two activities a week claimants have to undertake

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8094-strengthen-job-search-requirements-on-benefit-claimants-says-think-tank
ESA claimants survey http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8034-esa-claimants-survey The Department for Work and Pensions today publishes a report of findings from a survey of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. The report provides detailed information about the characteristics of people who claim ESA and changes in their employment situation over a period of around 18 months

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8034-esa-claimants-survey
Radical changes needed on Jobcentre Plus say think tank http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8025-radical-changes-needed-on-jobcentre-plus-say-think-tank The government will fail to reduce long term welfare dependency unless radical changes are made to Jobcentre Plus (JCP), the agency tasked with helping the unemployed back into work

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/8025-radical-changes-needed-on-jobcentre-plus-say-think-tank
UNISON General Secretary's speech to TUC conference http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7946-unison-general-secretarys-speech-to-tuc-conference Speaking at TUC conference in London today, UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said that the union will send notice to 9,000 employers that it will ballot its 1.1 million members for industrial action over pensions

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7946-unison-general-secretarys-speech-to-tuc-conference
Grayling: growth remains the Government’s priority http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7945-grayling-growth-remains-the-governments-priority New figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show a rise in unemployment (ILO measure) to 2.51 million signalling that the Government must continue with measures to stimulate the economy and encourage growth

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7945-grayling-growth-remains-the-governments-priority
Measure the impact of means testing or risk confusion http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7941-measure-the-impact-of-means-testing-or-risk-confusion It will be difficult for government departments to achieve value for money from means-tested benefits unless government understands the impacts of means testing, learns from past experience and improves coordination between different benefits, the National Audit Office has reported today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7941-measure-the-impact-of-means-testing-or-risk-confusion
Government publishes Independent Transparency and Privacy Review http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7928-government-publishes-independent-transparency-and-privacy-review The Cabinet Office has today published an independent review of the impact of transparency on privacy, in line with an announcement made by Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude in December 2010

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7928-government-publishes-independent-transparency-and-privacy-review
Think tank pumps up anti public sector rhetoric, says Unite http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7904-think-tank-pumps-up-anti-public-sector-rhetoric-says-unite A new report claiming that axing 400,000 public sector jobs was ‘easily manageable’ is part of the anti-state agenda being orchestrated by the government, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7904-think-tank-pumps-up-anti-public-sector-rhetoric-says-unite
Will the programme work? http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7825-will-the-programme-work The Government’s flagship back to work scheme, the Work Programme (WP), is at risk of collapse. Under the Government’s new back to work scheme, which began in June, private and not-for-profit providers are paid by results for getting long-term unemployed people (and people on sickness benefits) into sustainable jobs

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7825-will-the-programme-work
One in five Lib Dem voters set to desert party over welfare reform http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7814-one-in-five-lib-dem-voters-set-to-desert-party-over-welfare-reform One in five Liberal Democrat voters set to desert party over government’s welfare reform programme – according to poll

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Government's flagship back to work programme at risk of financial collapse, says think tank http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7811-governments-flagship-back-to-work-programme-at-risk-of-financial-collapse-says-think-tank At least 90% of organisations involved in delivering the Government's flagship back to work scheme, the Work Programme, risk having their contracts terminated because of unreachable performance targets set by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7811-governments-flagship-back-to-work-programme-at-risk-of-financial-collapse-says-think-tank
MOD suffering with supply chain efficiency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7806-mod-suffering-with-supply-chain-efficiency On Friday 19 August 2011, the Public Accounts Committee published a report examining the Ministry of Defence's use of information to manage the supply chain to frontline troops

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There is an alternative to cuts say PCS Union http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7774-there-is-an-alternative-to-cuts-say-pcs-union PCS Union is urging members, and their families and friends, to support demonstrations called to coincide with the ruling coalition's party conferences

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7774-there-is-an-alternative-to-cuts-say-pcs-union
Fight goes on against cuts to jobs, pay and pensions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7718-fight-goes-on-against-cuts-to-jobs-pay-and-pensions PCS has responded to today's High Court judgement about the government's cuts to redundancy terms for civil servants

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7718-fight-goes-on-against-cuts-to-jobs-pay-and-pensions
Francis Maude reveals nearly 4 billion in savings http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7651-francis-maude-reveals-p375-billion-in-savings Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has today revealed that the Government’s ambitious approach to saving money has delivered a staggering £3.75 billion of cash savings in just ten months, from May 2010 to March 2011 (August 1st)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7651-francis-maude-reveals-p375-billion-in-savings
Protecting our members pensions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7641-protecting-our-members-pensions June the 30th saw some of the biggest industrial strike action the UK has ever seen, here, Genereal Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, Mark Serwotka, discusses why the strikes needed to happen and the reaction to the latest public sector pension announcements

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7641-protecting-our-members-pensions
Union's fury at 7,000 more MoD job cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7640-unions-fury-at-7000-more-mod-job-cuts PCS, the trade union representing the majority of civilian staff in the Ministry of Defence, has denounced the announcement of an extra 7,000 job cuts as "shameful" (July 29th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7640-unions-fury-at-7000-more-mod-job-cuts
The Role of IT Leadership in Public Service Reform http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7576-the-role-of-it-leadership-in-public-service-reform No one doubts the public sector needs to change. Growing demands, shrinking resources and changing expectations have increased the challenge of providing public services that can be complex and will often need to be joined up with other services

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7576-the-role-of-it-leadership-in-public-service-reform
Public money wasted on Government IT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7618-public-money-wasted-on-government-it The Government's over-reliance on large contractors for its IT needs combined with a lack of in-house skills is a "recipe for rip-offs" according to a report by the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) (July 28th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7618-public-money-wasted-on-government-it
Benefit testing aimed at saving money say TUC http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7607-benefit-testing-aimed-at-saving-money-say-tuc Commenting on figures released today (Tuesday 26th July) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which reveal that only one in fourteen people assessed for the new incapacity benefit will be entitled to claim the payout in the long-term, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7607-benefit-testing-aimed-at-saving-money-say-tuc
Benefit test errors costing claimants http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7602-benefit-test-errors-costing-claimants The conclusion of a report published today (26 July) by the Work and Pensions select committee is that the Government's aims for the incapacity benefit (IB) reassessment process, which began nationwide in April, are not yet being properly communicated to claimants, leading to fear and anxiety amongst vulnerable people

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7602-benefit-test-errors-costing-claimants
Defra must challenge costs say NAO http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7583-defra-must-challenge-costs-say-nao The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs needs to scrutinise and challenge its arm's length bodies so that it can oversee cost reductions with minimal disruption to frontline services, according to a report today by the National Audit Office (July 22nd)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7583-defra-must-challenge-costs-say-nao
Reducing costs in HM Revenue & Customs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7554-reducing-costs-in-hm-revenue-a-customs HM Revenue & Customs faces a significant challenge in securing a £1.6 billion reduction in running costs over the next four years, at the same time as increasing tax revenues, improving customer service and achieving reductions in welfare payments, according to a report today by the National Audit Office (July 20th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7554-reducing-costs-in-hm-revenue-a-customs
HMRC programme is not value for money say NAO http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7530-hmrc-programme-is-not-value-for-monay-say-nao HM Revenue & Customs' PaceSetter Programme, aimed at streamlining business operations, has improved productivity through new ways of working and may have contributed to greater staff engagement (July 15th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7530-hmrc-programme-is-not-value-for-monay-say-nao
First centralised procurement contract awarded http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7522-first-centralised-procurement-contract-awarded Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has recognised the progress made and set out the challenge ahead to senior government buyers as the first centrally managed contract went live (July 14th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7522-first-centralised-procurement-contract-awarded
Identifying and meeting the skills requirements http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7519-identifying-and-meeting-central-governments-skills-requirements Despite major expenditure by central government departments on developing the skills of their staff, government does not know how much is being spent and has rarely evaluated its impact on performance (July 14th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7519-identifying-and-meeting-central-governments-skills-requirements
Latest unemployment figures still leave big economic challenges http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7513-latest-unemployment-figures-still-leave-big-economic-challenges The Government says that the latest fall in unemployment still means that there are big economic challenges ahead (July 13th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7513-latest-unemployment-figures-still-leave-big-economic-challenges
DCMS to set up broadband framework http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7503-dcms-to-set-up-broadband-framework A list of approved broadband suppliers will be selected to help simplify the procurement process as part of rolling out broadband to rural areas (July 12th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7503-dcms-to-set-up-broadband-framework
Cheats warned of benefit fraud blitz http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7479-cheats-warned-of-benefit-fraud-blitz Benefit cheats are being warned today that a new Mobile Regional Taskforce to combat fraud will be visiting their area.  This new team will target all high risk postcodes across the country re-examining claims for benefits and Tax Credits (July 8th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7479-cheats-warned-of-benefit-fraud-blitz
Labour propose bank bonus tax to prevent another 'lost generation' http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7445-labour-propose-bank-bonus-tax-to-prevent-another-lost-generation The Conservative-led government should introduce a tax on bank bonuses to help create up to 100,000 jobs for young people, Labour will demand today (Tuesday July 5th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7445-labour-propose-bank-bonus-tax-to-prevent-another-lost-generation
Government publishes response to COI review http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7365-government-publishes-response-to-coi-review The reform of the organisation of Government communications has been announced today by Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office (June 23rd)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7365-government-publishes-response-to-coi-review
Government pledges commitment to design at landmark summit http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7359-government-pledges-commitment-to-design-at-landmark-summit The Government is to put design at the heart of its plans for economic growth in the UK. The commitment will be made by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts at 'Design for Growth', a high-level summit meeting of global business leaders, leading designers and Government, which is being co-hosted today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Design Council (June 23rd)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7359-government-pledges-commitment-to-design-at-landmark-summit
New Civil Service organisation charts released http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7313-new-civil-service-organisation-charts-released The Government is publishing the most comprehensive organisation charts of the UK Civil Service ever released online, taking another step towards its goal of being the most transparent government in the world and opening up the structure of the Civil Service to public scrutiny (June 16th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7313-new-civil-service-organisation-charts-released
Millions saved through Fraud Taskforce pilots http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7247-millions-saved-through-fraud-taskforce-pilots Francis Maude has announced a set of pilots testing fresh and innovative approaches to tackling the £21 billion of annual fraud in the public sector and signalling the end of the ‘pay first, check later’ culture (June 9th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7247-millions-saved-through-fraud-taskforce-pilots
Leadership crisis threatens public sector reform drive http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7230-leadership-crisis-threatens-public-sector-reform-drive Public sector management lack confidence in the ability of senior leaders to meet the challenges of far-reaching reform, both now and in the future (June 7th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7230-leadership-crisis-threatens-public-sector-reform-drive
Government saves over £1 billion on procurement...... and there’s £3 billion a year more to come http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7201-government-saves-over-p1-billion-on-procurementand-theres-p3-billion-a-year-more-to-come In a move expected to save £3 billion a year, Francis Maude today (June 3rd) announced that the Government is making significant changes to the way it buys in categories of common goods and services such as stationery and office services.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7201-government-saves-over-p1-billion-on-procurementand-theres-p3-billion-a-year-more-to-come
Government Construction Strategy to reduce costs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7183-government-construction-strategy-to-reduce-costs The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude publishes the Government’s new Construction Strategy today (May 31st)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7183-government-construction-strategy-to-reduce-costs
Food for thought http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7158-food-for-thought The adage that minding the pennies means the pounds will take care of themselves is equally true whether it’s the household budget or the one presided over by the Treasury.  It is certainly an adage that can be applied in the public sector, and would be a lesson any Government would be wise to consider

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7158-food-for-thought
Armed Forces facing vehicle shortage http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7121-armed-forces-facing-vehicle-shortage The suspension and cancellation of a number of key armoured vehicle projects since the 1998 defence review has resulted in the Armed Forces facing a significant shortage in the principal armoured vehicles they require, until at least 2024-2025 (May 20th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7121-armed-forces-facing-vehicle-shortage
Extra push for jobseekers as mandatory work activity placements come on-stream http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7092-extra-push-for-jobseekers-as-mandatory-work-activity-placements-come-on-stream From today Jobcentre Plus advisers can refer jobseekers that need additional support to get back to work onto mandatory work activity (May 17th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/7092-extra-push-for-jobseekers-as-mandatory-work-activity-placements-come-on-stream
The role of culture and behaviours in efficiency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6942-the-role-of-culture-and-behaviours-in-efficiency This is a challenging time for public sector HR. New solutions are needed if community needs are to be met with reduced resources. There will be new operating models and deep culture change. We will need to sustain engagement and increase productivity. We know that the public sector and its HR community offer a great deal of innovation and good practice but there is a lot to do

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6942-the-role-of-culture-and-behaviours-in-efficiency
Supplier representatives to cut costs for Government http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6937-supplier-representatives-to-cut-costs-for-government As part its commitment to change the way that Government does business, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude today outlined new plans to improve the way that Government deals with its major suppliers(April 13th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6937-supplier-representatives-to-cut-costs-for-government
First major central government mutual joint venture announced http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6923-first-major-central-government-mutual-joint-venture-announced Plans to transform My Civil Service Pension (MyCSP), which administers the delivery of Civil Service Pension schemes, into a ground breaking mutual joint venture, have been announced by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office(April 12th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6923-first-major-central-government-mutual-joint-venture-announced
Biggest peacetime squeeze on household disposable incomes since 1921 http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6903-biggest-peacetime-squeeze-on-household-disposable-incomes-since-1921 New Cebr forecasts show that 2011 is likely to show a fall in real household disposable incomes of 2.0%. Taken in conjunction with the 0.8% fall now recorded as having taken place in 2010, the new estimates show that the UK is now seeing a bigger fall in real household disposable incomes than in the 1930s and the biggest fall excluding WW2 and the General Strike since 1921(April 11th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6903-biggest-peacetime-squeeze-on-household-disposable-incomes-since-1921
Red Tape challenge kicks off http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6885-red-tape-challenge-kicks-off Members of the public, businesses and community organisations are being invited to give a real boost to growth and personal freedoms by ripping up some of the 21,000 rules that are getting in their way(April 7th)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6885-red-tape-challenge-kicks-off
TUC Condemns post-rally violence http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6800-tuc-condemns-post-rally-violence Violence which followed a day of anti-spending cuts protests in London has been condemned by union leaders

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6800-tuc-condemns-post-rally-violence
Creating a new model for Public Services http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6793-creating-a-new-model-for-public-services The headlines say it all, John Lewis Partnership profits up by20% , but behind the headlines there is something fundementally more important than these figures. JohnLewis Partnership is the oldest and largest co-owned business in the UK and has transformed the way business models are created today. The forthcoming Public Sector Reforms, to be outlined by the Prime Minister, will go some way to highlighting the role of Co-Operatives and Social enterprises in shaping the way public services are delivered. So there has never been a more important time to address such innovative models demonstrated by the John Lewis Partnership

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6793-creating-a-new-model-for-public-services
Government to spend billions less through quangos http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6762-government-to-spend-billions-less-through-quangos Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has announced that departments are estimating reductions in spending through public bodies of £11 billion a year by 2014-15

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6762-government-to-spend-billions-less-through-quangos
Labour calls for Budget to put jobs and growth first http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6760-labour-calls-for-budget-to-put-jobs-and-growth-first Labour has set out the key tests for George Osborne’s Budget next week and called for immediate action to boost jobs and growth in the economy and to help hard-pressed families with the rising cost of living

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6760-labour-calls-for-budget-to-put-jobs-and-growth-first
Government property strategy cuts millions in costs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6704-government-property-strategy-cuts-millions-in-costs Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has set out progress on the Government’s property strategy, which is designed to save money by ensuring office space is used effectively and expensive property leases are reduced

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6704-government-property-strategy-cuts-millions-in-costs
New government spending controls http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6676-new-government-spending-controls Following the Government’s pledge to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for Whitehall efficiency savings, Francis Maude and Danny Alexander have today(March 2nd) announced a new set of controls...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6676-new-government-spending-controls
Getting more for less http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6674-getting-more-for-less Spending cuts and efficiency savings are nothing new - it's been the message of successive reviews, white papers and policy statements. The pressure to reduce spending and operate more efficiently is at an all-time high and over the coming years the public sector will be under further pressure to deliver real, cashable savings.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6674-getting-more-for-less
Purchasing and supply chain management http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6263-purchasing-and-supply-chain-management There is an old saying that if you think that education is expensive, you should try ignorance! Nowhere is this truer than in the area of purchasing and supply chain management.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6263-purchasing-and-supply-chain-management
The end of the Rainbow http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6094-the-end-of-the-rainbow The Public Sector is facing an uncomfortable paradox. On one hand it must make efficiency savings that could end up being in the billions of pounds. On the other it must maintain frontline services to the communities it serves. You would be forgiven for thinking this an impossible task. The outlook it would seem is bleak!

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6094-the-end-of-the-rainbow
Government action to cut wasteful spending http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6060-government-action-to-cut-wasteful-spending The Government expects to save over £3 billion in one year as a result of the efficiency and reform measures introduced by the Coalition Government

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/6060-government-action-to-cut-wasteful-spending
Spending cuts and VAT rise to cost 1.6m jobs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5667-spending-cuts-and-vat-rise-to-cost-16m-jobs The government's spending cuts and the rise in VAT to 20% in January will result in more than 1.6 million job losses across the public and private sectors, research suggests

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5667-spending-cuts-and-vat-rise-to-cost-16m-jobs
New legislation introduced to enable Quango reforms http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5641-new-legislation-introduced-to-enable-quango-reforms The Public Bodies Bill, which will ensure the necessary legal framework is in place for the Government to carry out its public bodies reforms

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5641-new-legislation-introduced-to-enable-quango-reforms
Ministers forge ahead with transparency agenda http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5626-ministers-forge-ahead-with-transparency-agenda The Government took another important step in the new era of transparency  as it published details of hospitality and gifts received by ministers and special advisers...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5626-ministers-forge-ahead-with-transparency-agenda
Welfare cuts 'will not be approved', warns Hughes http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5544-welfare-cuts-will-not-be-approved-warns-hughes Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes has warned the coalition that its planned housing benefit cuts might not be approved by Parliament

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5544-welfare-cuts-will-not-be-approved-warns-hughes
Spending Review: Osborne defends 'fairness' of cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5513-spending-review-osborne-defends-fairness-of-cuts Chancellor George Osborne has defended the "fairness" of his UK spending cuts after Labour claims they were reckless and would hit the poorest hardest

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5513-spending-review-osborne-defends-fairness-of-cuts
Cabinet Office bear brunt of cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5511-cabinet-office-bear-brunt-of-cuts In line with the Government’s determination to tackle Britain’s deficit, the Cabinet Office has announced today that it will reduce its core resource budget by 35% in real terms,

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5511-cabinet-office-bear-brunt-of-cuts
Policing to be cut after Review http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5502-policing-to-be-cut-after-review Over the course of the Spending Review period, the Home Office will reduce overall resource spending by 23% in real terms, and capital spending by 49% in real terms

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5502-policing-to-be-cut-after-review
BIS announce cuts following Review http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5501-bis-announce-cuts-following-review Over the course of the Spending Review period, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will reduce its resource budget by 25 per cent

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5501-bis-announce-cuts-following-review
MOJ to recieve massive cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5493-spending-review-live-updates The Ministry of Justice cuts announced mean that its budget will fall from around £9.5 billion to £7 billion over four years.

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Queen agrees cash freeze http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5490-spending-review-latest-updates The Queen has agreed to a one-year cash freeze in the Civil List for next year.Total Royal household spending will fall by 14% in 2012/13.

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Leaked memo http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5489-spending-reliew-live-updates Leaked memo from MOJ points at big job losses

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5489-spending-reliew-live-updates
Cuts unavoidable http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5488-spending-review-live-updates The chancellor says tackling the budget deficit is unavoidable - the decisions the government takes are not. It is cutting waste the country cannot afford and reforming the welfare system, he says.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5488-spending-review-live-updates
Spending Review: Miliband attacks Clarke on double-dip recession http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5487-spending-review-miliband-attacks-clarke-on-double-dip-recession PM Questions starts with a fiery exchange between Cameron and Miliband, as tension rises before Spending Review

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Spending Review: Alexander; unemployment is not the price of cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5486-spending-review-alexander-unemployment-is-not-the-price-of-cuts The Tories and the Liberal Democrats still seem to think unemployment is a price worth paying" - Douglas Alexander

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5486-spending-review-alexander-unemployment-is-not-the-price-of-cuts
Spending Review: Clegg hints at £2bn Green Bank for low carbon technologies http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5485-spending-review-clegg-hints-at-p2bn-green-bank-for-low-carbon-technologies Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister has personally written to all Liberal Democrats esuring them that cuts will be hard, but thay are right and fair

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Spending Review: Defence review lacks strategy http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5484-spending-review-defence-review-lacks-strategy Bernie Hamilton, Unite's national officer for Aerospace and Shipbuilding said: "The government's strategic defence review looks devoid of any strategy whatsoever.

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Spending Review: Sir Menzies prepared for a rough ride http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5483-spending-review-sir-menzies-prepared-for-a-rough-ride Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell says it is not just a difficult day for his party but for everyone

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Spending Review: Miliband fears the worse is yet to come http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5476-spending-review-miliband-fears-the-worse-is-yet-to-come Ed Miliband, Labour Leader, has spoken as he left his house this morning on todays impending cuts

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5476-spending-review-miliband-fears-the-worse-is-yet-to-come
Spending Review: King warns of sobering decade ahead http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5475-spending-review-king-warns-of-sobering-decade-ahead The UK is facing an unpleasant, "sober" decade, Bank of England governor Mervyn King has warned

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5475-spending-review-king-warns-of-sobering-decade-ahead
EEF comment on Defence Spending Review http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5471-eef-comment-on-defence-spending-review Commenting on today's announcement on Defence Spending, Steve Radley, Director of Policy at EEF, the manufacturers' organisation

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5471-eef-comment-on-defence-spending-review
Spending review: BBC vow to fight cutting free licences http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5466-spending-review-bbc-vow-to-fight-cutting-free-licences The BBC Trust has warned the government it would fight any move to force the BBC to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5466-spending-review-bbc-vow-to-fight-cutting-free-licences
BT reaches agreement with UK Government http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5461-bt-reaches-agreement-with-uk-government BT has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government following discussions led by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5461-bt-reaches-agreement-with-uk-government
Spending Review:Business backing for Osborne http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5452-spending-reviewbusiness-backing-for-osborne The leaders of 35 of the UK's biggest companies have expressed their support for the government's plans for spending cuts running into billions of pounds

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5452-spending-reviewbusiness-backing-for-osborne
Quango cull ill-thought out ideological exercise http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5425-quango-cull-ill-thought-out-ideological-exercise The coalition’s plans to cull 192 quangos are ill-thought out and ideologically-driven, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Thursday 14 October)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5425-quango-cull-ill-thought-out-ideological-exercise
Government failing on efficiency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5392-government-failing-on-efficiency The Government has consistently failed to make the most of its scale, buying power and credit rating. That is the key finding of Sir Philip Green’s review into Government efficiency

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5392-government-failing-on-efficiency
Sir Philip Green says government spending inefficient http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5366-sir-philip-green-says-government-spending-inefficient The government is failing to make full use of its buying power when dealing with suppliers, says a review by Topshop owner Sir Philip Green

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5366-sir-philip-green-says-government-spending-inefficient
Labour left us with this mess- says Fox http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5348-labour-left-us-with-this-mess-says-fox Addressing the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Liam Fox lambasted Labour for leaving the Ministry of Defence with a massive unfunded 10-year spending..

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5348-labour-left-us-with-this-mess-says-fox
Greening Government 2010: PM urges Whitehall to slash energy use http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5310-greening-government-2010-pm-urges-whitehall-to-slash-energy-use Prime minister David Cameron has launched a competition in Whitehall to become the most energy efficient government department throughout October

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5310-greening-government-2010-pm-urges-whitehall-to-slash-energy-use
Cameron and Clegg’s cuts will destroy communities http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5088-cameron-and-cleggs-cuts-will-destroy-communities The massive wave of cuts that the coalition is imposing on the British people are unnecessary and will devastate communities across the land- Unite

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5088-cameron-and-cleggs-cuts-will-destroy-communities
Almost one in five households across the UK is workless http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5055-almost-one-in-five-households-across-the-uk-is-workless No one works in almost one out of five households across the UK, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5055-almost-one-in-five-households-across-the-uk-is-workless
Resrach and Development key to economic recovery http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5022-resrach-and-development-key-to-economic-recovery A leading economic think tank has highlighted the importance of encouraging private sector research and development (R&D)...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/5022-resrach-and-development-key-to-economic-recovery
Reform axe falls on MOD http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4817-reform-axe-falls-on-mod Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox has this morning (August 13th ) announced the strategy for reforming the Ministry of Defence

 

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4817-reform-axe-falls-on-mod
Head appointed to cut Government procurement costs http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4811-john-collington-to-head-a-government-drive-to-cut-cost-of-procurement John Collington, the Home Office’s Group Commercial Director, will become the new head of procurement in the Efficiency

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4811-john-collington-to-head-a-government-drive-to-cut-cost-of-procurement
Eric Pickles: Blazing a trail on spending transparency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4799-eric-pickles-blazing-a-trail-on-spending-transparency Eric Pickles turns the spotlight on spending firmly on his own department today as details of how £314 million of taxpayer money was spent by the DCLG last year are published for the first time

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4799-eric-pickles-blazing-a-trail-on-spending-transparency
Improvement in trade figures must be consolidated http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4784-improvement-in-trade-figures-must-be-consolidated Commenting on the UK trade figures for June, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4784-improvement-in-trade-figures-must-be-consolidated
Millions saved by Government’s Marketing and Advertising Freeze http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4739-millions-saved-by-governments-marketing-and-advertising-freeze The Cabinet Office has published early results showing the impact so far of the Government's Marketing and Advertising Freeze, which was implemented in June this year

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4739-millions-saved-by-governments-marketing-and-advertising-freeze
COI announces redundancy programme http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4708-coi-announces-redundancy-programme The central government freeze on non-essential advertising and marketing spend has resulted in significantly reduced volumes of work for the Central Office of Information (COI)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4708-coi-announces-redundancy-programme
Vince Cable and George Osborne launch ‘Financing a Private Sector Recovery’ paper http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4624-vince-cable-and-george-osborne-launch-financing-a-private-sector-recovery-paper Vince Cable and George Osborne today ( July 26th ) launched a paper to encourage an industry-led recovery by addressing the problems businesses face accessing finance

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4624-vince-cable-and-george-osborne-launch-financing-a-private-sector-recovery-paper
Directgov joins the Cabinet Office efficiency drive http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4563-directgov-joins-the-cabinet-office-efficiency-drive Directgov, the central website for public services, will join the powerful new Efficiency and Reform Group

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4563-directgov-joins-the-cabinet-office-efficiency-drive
Cost Reduction progress made for Whitehall say NAO http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4527-cost-reduction-progress-made-for-whitehall-say-nao The National Audit Office has today ( July 20th ) reported on how much the Treasury’s Value for Money savings programme has improved value for money across government, but there is still work to be done...

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Baroness Hanham maps the progress of Government transparency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4489-baroness-hanham-maps-the-progress-of-government-transparency The national mapping agency is the pioneer in a new era of information transparency by Government, Communities Minister Baroness Hanham said today (July 16th )

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4489-baroness-hanham-maps-the-progress-of-government-transparency
The Chancellor launches the Spending Challenge website for the public http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4409-the-chancellor-launches-the-spending-challenge-website-for-the-public Today, George Osborne called on the public to send him their very best ideas on how to get more for less from our public services

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4409-the-chancellor-launches-the-spending-challenge-website-for-the-public
New Legislation to Limit Civil Service Redundancy Payments http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4347-new-legislation-to-limit-civil-service-redundancy-payments As part of the Government’s deficit reduction plan, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that he will begin the process of introducing legislation as soon as possible to cap the amount of redundancy payments made to civil servants...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4347-new-legislation-to-limit-civil-service-redundancy-payments
Education budget loses £1bn more http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4332-education-budget-loses-p1bn-more The Chief Secretary to the Treasury today announced that four Departments have agreed to reductions in unfunded spending commitments totalling £1.5bn

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4332-education-budget-loses-p1bn-more
Eric Pickles appeals to council workers for their cost cutting ideas http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4300-eric-pickles-appeals-to-council-workers-for-their-cost-cutting-ideas Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is calling on frontline local government workers to send Downing Street their best cost-saving ideas via the newly launched Spending Challenge website

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4300-eric-pickles-appeals-to-council-workers-for-their-cost-cutting-ideas
Quango high earners revealed by the Cabinet Office http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4252-quango-high-earners-revealed-by-the-cabinet-office In a further drive to make government as transparent as possible, the Cabinet Office has published details of everyone working in Non Departmental Public Bodies, also known as quangos, who earns more than £150,000

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4252-quango-high-earners-revealed-by-the-cabinet-office
A welfare system for the 21st century http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4242-a-welfare-system-for-the-21st-century Employment Minister Chris Grayling today announced a series of reforms to deliver a 21st century welfare system

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4242-a-welfare-system-for-the-21st-century
Growth fund a "drop in the ocean of cuts" http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4226-growth-fund-a-qdrop-in-the-ocean-of-cutsq Commenting on the £1bn regional growth fund to be spread across the country, Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the UK’s largest public service union, has said...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4226-growth-fund-a-qdrop-in-the-ocean-of-cutsq
Creating efficiency through IT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4247-creating-efficiency-through-it IT is probably the only ‘silver bullet’ in the armoury of public sector leaders as they contemplate the ‘new normal’ of delivering current service levels with massively reduced budgets.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4247-creating-efficiency-through-it
New expenses system announced for the House of Lords http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4196-new-expenses-system-announced-for-the-house-of-lords Members of the House of Lords will in future only be allowed to claim a maximum of £300 for every day they attend the Upper House, Lord’s Leader Lord Strathclyde announced today

 

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4196-new-expenses-system-announced-for-the-house-of-lords
Clamp down on Government websites to save millions http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4118-clamp-down-on-government-websites-to-save-millions The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has pledged to scrap hundreds of unnecessary and expensive government websites and slash the cost of the remaining sites to save millions of pounds

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4118-clamp-down-on-government-websites-to-save-millions
Gaining better services despite cuts is possible http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4057-gaining-better-services-despite-cuts-is-possible A new report published by Innovation Unit and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) shows how it is possible to deliver better services whilst making savings of up to 60 per cent in costs...

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4057-gaining-better-services-despite-cuts-is-possible
BUDGET 2010: Cuts “destructive and unnecessary” says Green Party leader http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4052-budget-2010-cuts-destructive-and-unnecessary-says-green-party-leader Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP will this week tell the coalition government there is “no good reason for any cuts in public expenditure during the life of this parliament.”

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4052-budget-2010-cuts-destructive-and-unnecessary-says-green-party-leader
RDAs: "One of the most efficient of all government departments and agencies..." http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4013-rdas-qone-of-the-most-efficient-of-all-government-departments-and-agenciesq Government analysis shows that England's RDAs are among the most efficient of all departments and agencies, and also confirms economic benefits arising from RDA work

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Mismanaging public sector cuts could wreck chances of private sector growth http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4002-mismanaging-public-sector-cuts-could-wreck-chances-of-private-sector-growth Research on how to manage public sector cuts, conducted by The Work Foundation, shows how employment will be affected across both the private and public sectors

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/4002-mismanaging-public-sector-cuts-could-wreck-chances-of-private-sector-growth
Free Swimming for under 16's and over 60's cut http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3997-free-swimming-for-under-16s-and-over-60s-cut Savings of around £73 million have been made as part of the contribution to reducing the fiscal deficit

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3997-free-swimming-for-under-16s-and-over-60s-cut
Radical rethink on getting drug and alcohol users back to work http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3992-radical-rethink-on-getting-drug-and-alcohol-users-back-to-work Helping people who are trapped on benefits through drug and alcohol addiction so that they can recover and find employment is a top priority for the Government, Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller said today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3992-radical-rethink-on-getting-drug-and-alcohol-users-back-to-work
Action to tackle poor value for money and unfunded spending commitments http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3989-action-to-tackle-poor-value-for-money-and-unfunded-spending-commitments Today, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced which projects re-submitted to the Treasury will be suspended and cancelled as part of a review of all spending decisions taken since 01 January

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3989-action-to-tackle-poor-value-for-money-and-unfunded-spending-commitments
Government should invest in skills training http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3966-government-should-invest-in-skills-training Proskills calls for Government to invest in skills training and development ahead of the emergency budget

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3966-government-should-invest-in-skills-training
Whitehall shake-up in drive for efficiency http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3936-whitehall-shake-up-in-drive-for-efficiency Responsibility for The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the public sector procurement agency, Buying Solutions, will move to the Cabinet Office where they will form part of the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), the Prime Minister announced today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3936-whitehall-shake-up-in-drive-for-efficiency
Johnson proposes greater powers for GLA and control of Capital's HCA http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3931-johnson-proposes-greater-powers-for-gla-and-control-of-capitals-hca The Mayor of London unveils vision for a better focused GLA with more say and more power on key London issues

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3931-johnson-proposes-greater-powers-for-gla-and-control-of-capitals-hca
'The fight of our lives' say Unison http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3910-the-fight-of-our-lives-say-unison "We have to build our negotiating power. We have to build our density. We need a bigger recruitment drive than ever", That was the rallying call from head of local government for Unison, Heather Wakefiled

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3910-the-fight-of-our-lives-say-unison
Economic recovery still on track say CBI http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3882-economic-recovery-still-on-track-say-cbi The CBI sees the recovery in the UK economy staying on track, but warned it will be protracted as urgent action is taken to reduce the budget deficit

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3882-economic-recovery-still-on-track-say-cbi
Assembly to investigate polling at general and local elections http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3871-assembly-to-investigate-polling-at-general-and-local-elections The London Assembly has unanimously agreed to review the conduct of the poll in May’s general and local elections

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3871-assembly-to-investigate-polling-at-general-and-local-elections
WWF calls for urgent action on government flying http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3846-wwf-calls-for-urgent-action-on-government-flying The Government could save more than £100 million over the next three years if it reduced the number of unnecessary flights it takes..

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3846-wwf-calls-for-urgent-action-on-government-flying
Prime Minister warns of difficult decisions on pay, pensions and benefits http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3770-prime-minister-warns-of-difficult-decisions-on-pay-pensions-and-benefits Prime Minister David Cameron has warned of "difficult decisions" on pay, pensions and benefits as he set out the case for "painful" cuts ahead

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Cuts will change British Life http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3755-cuts-will-change-british-life The Prime Minsiter, David Cameron, will today warn that Britain's "whole way of life" will be disrupted for years by the most drastic public spending cuts in a generation

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3755-cuts-will-change-british-life
ActionAid welcomes new transparency for UK aid http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3750-actionaid-welcomes-new-transparency-for-uk-aid The new Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has announced full transparency for British government aid, with all spending by the Department for International Development to be published on its website

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Getting the UK takeover framework right http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3725-getting-the-uk-takeover-framework-right Commenting on the launch of the Takeover Panel's consultation on the regulation of takeovers Business Secretary, Vince Cable said..

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Federation responds to media coverage of chief executives' pay http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3696-federation-responds-to-media-coverage-of-chief-executives-pay In response to today’s media coverage on the issue of chief executives’ pay in the social housing sector, David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said:

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Action plan announced to end excessive regulation http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3680-action-plan-announced-to-end-excessive-regulation Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced an action plan to bring an end to the excessive regulation that is stifling business growth

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3680-action-plan-announced-to-end-excessive-regulation
Cheers Darling http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3660-cheers-darling David Miliband's campaign for the Labour leadership has received a big boost today as former Chancellor Alistair Darling threw his weight behind the bid

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3660-cheers-darling
CLA calls on new Government to mend broken planning system http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3659-cla-calls-on-new-government-to-mend-broken-planning-system The CLA has called on the Government to fix Britain's failing planning system

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Cabinet Office Minister opens up corridors of power http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3637-cabinet-office-minister-opens-up-corridors-of-power In a radical shake-up of government transparency the Cabinet Office today published the salaries of the highest-earning senior civil servants on its website

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New technology for Vote-Counts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3571-new-technology-for-vote-counts Time-consuming manual vote-counts and ballot boxes could soon be consigned to the history books, thanks to innovative new secure voting technology

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3571-new-technology-for-vote-counts
Queens speech outlines freedom and fairness http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3546-queens-speech-outlines-freedom-and-fairness The Queen's Speech has taken place with the government's legislative programme being based on "the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility"

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3546-queens-speech-outlines-freedom-and-fairness
Londoners benefiting from pioneering borough schemes to promote shared services http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3545-londoners-benefiting-from-pioneering-borough-schemes-to-promote-shared-services Londoners are reaping the benefits of pioneering schemes by London's boroughs to work in partnership to deliver more efficient and effective services

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3545-londoners-benefiting-from-pioneering-borough-schemes-to-promote-shared-services
RDA's response to Government savings http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3539-rdas-response-to-government-savings Speaking on behalf of all RDAs Sir Harry Studholme, Chair of the South West RDA, commenting on the Government’s £6.2bn savings today said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3539-rdas-response-to-government-savings
Scotland responds to public spending cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3536-scotland-responds-to-public-spending-cuts Finance Secretary John Swinney has responded to the Treasury's announcement of public spending cuts in the UK of more than £6 billion

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3536-scotland-responds-to-public-spending-cuts
Response from Welsh Assembly Government on UK Government spending cuts http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3535-response-from-welsh-assembly-government-on-uk-government-spending-cuts Speaking today, Jane Hutt, Minister for Business and Budget, set out the Assembly Government’s position on the spending cuts announced

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3535-response-from-welsh-assembly-government-on-uk-government-spending-cuts
New joint Treasury -Cabinet Office to deliver savings http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3534-new-joint-treasury-cabinet-office-to-deliver-savings As part of the Government’s drive to achieve the £6.2 billion of spending cuts announced by the Chancellor this morning,

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3534-new-joint-treasury-cabinet-office-to-deliver-savings
Councils respond to coalition agreement http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3519-councils-respond-to-coalition-agreement Responding to the publication of the coalition agreement, Dame Margaret Eaton, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3519-councils-respond-to-coalition-agreement
New Health Ministers Appointed http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3513-new-health-ministers-appointed The new Ministerial team at the Department of Health has been confirmed by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3513-new-health-ministers-appointed
Lib-Con Coalition publishes its full deal http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3500-lib-con-coalition-publishes-its-full-deal This is an historic document in British politics: the first time in over half a century two parties have come together to put forward a programme for partnership government

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3500-lib-con-coalition-publishes-its-full-deal
Public sector not managing technology http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3480-public-sector-not-managing-technology ‘Cinderella resource’ could be key to public sector success in managing austerity, says Socitm in new report on information management

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3480-public-sector-not-managing-technology
Budget to be held on 22nd of June http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3476-budget-to-be-held-on-22nd-of-june The emergency Budget will be held on Tuesday 22 June, the Chancellor announced today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3476-budget-to-be-held-on-22nd-of-june
UK-GBC welcomes Grant Shapps as Housing Minister http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3472-uk-gbc-welcomes-grant-shapps-as-housing-minister The UK Green Building Council today welcomed the appointment of Grant Shapps MP as Housing Minister

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3472-uk-gbc-welcomes-grant-shapps-as-housing-minister
Unemployment is still a key issue http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3467-unemployment-is-still-a-key-issue Unemployment still a pressing social and economic problem, warns TUC

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3467-unemployment-is-still-a-key-issue
New Parliament gather at Westminster http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3461-new-parliament-gather-at-westminster New Members of Parliament have started arriving at the House of Commons as a new government is formed with a Conservative/Liberal Democrat

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3461-new-parliament-gather-at-westminster
'Gray day' as even members doubt Labour http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3366-gray-day-as-even-members-doubt-labour Commenting after Iain Gray’s appearance on BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye programme where even a Labour member doubted Labour’s

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3366-gray-day-as-even-members-doubt-labour
Farage talks straight on Immigration http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3358-farage-talks-straight-on-immigration Immigration was debated on BBC2’s Daily Politics show yesterday, with only UKIP’s Nigel Farage speaking with clarity and conviction

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3358-farage-talks-straight-on-immigration
Balanced parliament now more likely than ever- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3346-balanced-parliament-now-more-likely-than-ever-snp The TV leaders’ debates have made the likelihood of a balanced parliament stronger than ever

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3346-balanced-parliament-now-more-likely-than-ever-snp
Lib Dems cannot be trusted to create stability in a hung parliament- Plaid Cymru http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3335-lib-dems-cannot-be-trusted-to-create-stability-in-a-hung-parliament-plaid-cymru The leader of Plaid Cymru Ieuan Wyn Jones AM has warned against relying on the Liberal Democrats in the event of a hung

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3335-lib-dems-cannot-be-trusted-to-create-stability-in-a-hung-parliament-plaid-cymru
Greens back Royal College of Midwives’ manifesto http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3328-greens-back-royal-college-of-midwives-manifesto Caroline Lucas has today pledged her party's support for the Royal College of Midwives Manifesto

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3328-greens-back-royal-college-of-midwives-manifesto
London leaders hiding on cuts- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3327-london-leaders-hiding-on-cuts-snp Speaking after the BBC election debate on the economy, Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond said:

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3323-plaid-labour-confusion-endangers-funding-for-wales
Welsh Labour support SNP on alcohol misuse http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3319-welsh-labour-support-snp-on-alcohol-misuse Michael Matheson MSP has welcomed a call by the Welsh Assembly Government for the introduction of

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3319-welsh-labour-support-snp-on-alcohol-misuse
Bercow does not even pay his bar bills http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3315-bercow-does-not-even-pay-his-bar-bills The Commons Speaker, who believes all MPs should earn £100,000 a year, owes more than £600 for taxpayer-subsidised food

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3315-bercow-does-not-even-pay-his-bar-bills
With MPs like these – who needs enemies? http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3312-with-mps-like-these-who-needs-enemies Plaid Cymru has launched a scathing attack on the hypocrisy of several Welsh MPs track-records in parliament

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3312-with-mps-like-these-who-needs-enemies
Green Party beats all other parties on global justice, says World Development Movement http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3311-green-party-beats-all-other-parties-on-global-justice-says-world-development-movement The World Development Movement has analysed and scored the main parties' policies on international development

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3311-green-party-beats-all-other-parties-on-global-justice-says-world-development-movement
Cameron exposes Tory unpopularity- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3310-cameron-exposes-tory-unpopularity-snp Commenting on David Cameron’s desperate remarks about the Tories lack of popularity in Scotland

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3310-cameron-exposes-tory-unpopularity-snp
SNP champions Scotland's students http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3303-snp-champions-scotlands-students SNP Education Secretary Michael Russell  joined the SNP’s candidates for Lanark & Hamilton East Clare Adamson,

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3303-snp-champions-scotlands-students
Farage warns of new migrant influx- UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3299-farage-warns-of-new-migrant-influx-ukip A likely influx of East European gypsies, thanks to political upheaval in Hungary, has led UKIP’s chief spokesman Nigel Farage

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3299-farage-warns-of-new-migrant-influx-ukip
LibDems forget fairness for Scottish voters- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3290-libdems-forget-fairness-for-scottish-voters-snp Commenting on Nick Clegg's opposition to SNP involvement in the leaders election debates has exposed the hollowness

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3290-libdems-forget-fairness-for-scottish-voters-snp
£36m to tackle alcohol abuse- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3289-p36m-to-tackle-alcohol-abuse-snp Michael Matheson MSP has welcomed the announcement today by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon of a £36 million

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3289-p36m-to-tackle-alcohol-abuse-snp
Labour’s new eco-policy will cost Britain a million jobs- Green Party http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3284-labours-new-eco-policy-will-cost-britain-a-million-jobs-green-party With the Green Party leader Caroline Lucas the bookies’ and pollsters’ favourite to win a seat in parliament on 6 May

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3284-labours-new-eco-policy-will-cost-britain-a-million-jobs-green-party
Lib Dems are “The biggest eco-charlatans on this part of the planet” http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3283-lib-dems-are-the-biggest-eco-charlatans-on-this-part-of-the-planet As Nick Clegg today launched his party’s environmental policies with a direct attack on the Greens,

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3283-lib-dems-are-the-biggest-eco-charlatans-on-this-part-of-the-planet
Salmond champions Scotland in Sky debate- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3282-salmond-champions-scotland-in-sky-debate-snp Following the SKY Scottish debate this morning, featuring SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3282-salmond-champions-scotland-in-sky-debate-snp
Green Party leader acts to defend air passengers' rights following volcano chaos http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3274-green-party-leader-acts-to-defend-air-passengers-rights-following-volcano-chaos Green Party leader and Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has written to the European Commission today

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3274-green-party-leader-acts-to-defend-air-passengers-rights-following-volcano-chaos
Plaid and SNP ' real alternative' to London Parties http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3270-plaid-and-snp-real-alternative-to-london-parties Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price was today joined by SNP Defence Spokesman, Angus Robertson,

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3270-plaid-and-snp-real-alternative-to-london-parties
Brown caught red handed on bus pass- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3263-brown-caught-red-handed-on-bus-pass-snp Gordon Brown has been caught red handed in the TV debates after stating that he had never

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3263-brown-caught-red-handed-on-bus-pass-snp
UKIP candidate dies suddenly http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3262-ukip-candidate-dies-suddenly Voters in Thirsk and Malton face a wait to decide who will be their new MP after the Ukip candidate died

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3262-ukip-candidate-dies-suddenly
Labour caught out scaremongering- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3259-labour-caught-out-scaremongering-snp Stewart Stevenson today lambasted the Labour Party over their scaremongering on concessionary travel

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3259-labour-caught-out-scaremongering-snp
Championing Scotland's pensioners- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3251-championing-scotlands-pensioners-snp SNP Leader and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond today (Thursday) joined SNP candidate

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3251-championing-scotlands-pensioners-snp
We cannot pass accounts again-UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3249-we-cannot-pass-accounts-again-ukip Former EC Chief Accountant has called on all MEPs to refuse approval of the EU accounts

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3249-we-cannot-pass-accounts-again-ukip
Inflation highlights need for fair fuel- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3241-inflation-highlights-need-for-fair-fuel-snp The latest increase in inflation figures highlights fuel prices as a major issue in the election campaign

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3241-inflation-highlights-need-for-fair-fuel-snp
Foreign policy counts too says Alliance http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3239-foreign-policy-counts-too-says-alliance North Down Alliance Westminster Candidate, Stephen Farry, has emphasised that this election must also be about foreign policy issues

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3239-foreign-policy-counts-too-says-alliance
Volcano delays EU's ruinous AIFM directive-UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3235-volcano-delays-eus-ruinous-aifm-directive-ukip Travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano has further delayed EU proposals to regulate hedge funds

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3235-volcano-delays-eus-ruinous-aifm-directive-ukip
£17.4 million pounds jobs funding boost-SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3233-p174-million-pounds-jobs-funding-boost-snp Bob Doris MSP has welcomed the announcement of the latest allocations by the Scottish Government of European Regional Development (ERDF)

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3233-p174-million-pounds-jobs-funding-boost-snp
Salmond launches manifesto- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3227-salmond-launches-manifesto-snp Launching the SNP’s Westminster manifesto in Glasgow today (Tue), Party leader and First Minister Alex Salmond said

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3227-salmond-launches-manifesto-snp
UKIP plane defies the Volcano flight ban http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3220-ukip-plane-defies-the-volcano-flight-ban A UKIP candidate defied aviation chaos across Europe on Sunday by flying a plane across the south of England 

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3220-ukip-plane-defies-the-volcano-flight-ban
What a difference Plaid makes http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3216-what-a-difference-plaid-makes Plaid Cymru has today highlighted the real difference that a Plaid team in Westminster can make for the people and communities of Wales

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3216-what-a-difference-plaid-makes
Axe Trident not support for most vulnerable-SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3204-axe-trident-not-support-for-most-vulnerable-snp SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson and candidate for Glasgow East, John Mason, has warned that Labour's dismal

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3204-axe-trident-not-support-for-most-vulnerable-snp
Debate proves why Scotland needs champions- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3196-debate-proves-why-scotland-needs-champions-snp SNP Leader and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said the first Leaders' Debate on the 2010 General Election

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3196-debate-proves-why-scotland-needs-champions-snp
Same Old Parties, Same old politics- Plaid Cymru http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3192-same-old-parties-same-old-politics-plaid-cymru Plaid pledge to speak directly to people on day of first debate stitch-up

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3192-same-old-parties-same-old-politics-plaid-cymru
Matt Sellwood - Housing - affordable, sustainable and plentiful-Green Party http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3178-matt-sellwood-housing-affordable-sustainable-and-plentiful-green-party Over the last three decades, successive Governments have turned housing from a human right for all into a speculative market for the rich.

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Schools, hospitals, jobs and pensioners- Plaid Cymru http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3166-schools-hospitals-jobs-and-pensioners-plaid-cymru Plaid says “it’s all about protecting the priorities of Wales”

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3166-schools-hospitals-jobs-and-pensioners-plaid-cymru
Lord Pearson unveils election strategy- UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3159-lord-pearson-unveils-election-strategy-ukip UKIP’s top straight-talking politicians today introduced the most statesmanlike strategy seen in recent British electioneering

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3159-lord-pearson-unveils-election-strategy-ukip
SNP step up drive for fairer fuel prices http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3115-snp-step-up-drive-for-fairer-fuel-prices The SNP called for fair fuel prices across Scotland as SNP leader Alex Salmond joined

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Patients to benefit from digital revolution http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3107-patients-to-benefit-from-digital-revolution The Patient Portal, which was launched by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon today in two GP practices in Irvine and Kilwinning

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3107-patients-to-benefit-from-digital-revolution
Greens believe nuclear-free world is possible- Green Party http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3106-greens-believe-nuclear-free-world-is-possible-green-party The Flame of Hope rally will be held today in Brighton, as US President Obama and Russian President

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3106-greens-believe-nuclear-free-world-is-possible-green-party
UKIP manifesto attracts Lib Dem attention- UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3105-ukip-manifesto-attracts-lib-dem-attention-ukip Key UKIP policies have been copied and inserted into the Liberal Democrat election manifesto

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3105-ukip-manifesto-attracts-lib-dem-attention-ukip
Britain faces Phoney Election - UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3084-britain-faces-phoney-election-ukip UKIP calls this The PHONEY Election

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3084-britain-faces-phoney-election-ukip
Equality Bill completes parliamentary process http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3073-equality-bill-completes-parliamentary-process The Equality Bill last night completed the final stage of its passage through Parliament, and will now become law

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3073-equality-bill-completes-parliamentary-process
Alex Salmond welcomes Election- SNP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3070-alex-salmond-welcomes-election-snp SNP Leader and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond took to the streets on Day One

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3070-alex-salmond-welcomes-election-snp
Stop fat cat council pay packets- UKIP http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3067-stop-fat-cat-council-pay-packets-ukip UKIP's local government spokesman has criticised fat cat council pay packets

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Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:08:40 GMT http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3067-stop-fat-cat-council-pay-packets-ukip
Fair is worth fighting for-Green Party http://govtoday.co.uk/politics/28-unions/3066-fair-is-worth-fighting-for-green-party Greens to launch biggest general election campaign ever

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