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Francis Maude: digital transformation of government has begun

Every morning, two articulated lorries filled with letters and paperwork pull into the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). It's a fact that Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, perhaps finds a little irritating. As the minister charged with improving the digital delivery of services, …

Getting government online: a new generation of digital public services – in pictures

The government showcased five new digital services for the first time in January. Citizens and businesses can now go online to view their driving records, organise prison visits and apply for visas

Six lessons for digital public services from across the world

The ubiquitous presence of the internet in our lives has encouraged the UK government to think seriously about how technology could reconfigure, and improve, the provision of public services.<p>What lessons can be learned from what other countries are doing with digital public services? We asked six …

Digital public services: advice from around the world

<b>One of the best examples of digital government is Estonia</b><p>“If people want a much bolder view of how digital can be applied to government services, the most dramatic example is surely Estonia. Small country, new approach – but they have got all the basics in place in terms of platforms and identity …

National Crime Agency must claw back more criminal assets, MPs say

The new National Crime Agency needs to make “drastic improvements” in its work to claw back criminal assets, after it seized just £22.5m in its first year despite costing almost £500m, according to a report by MPs.<p>The Commons home affairs select committee said on Thursday that the NCA, which became …

Elections

Cameron should apologise for NHS reforms, says Miliband

Ed Miliband has called on the prime minister to apologise for his NHS reforms after a critical report from a leading health thinktank described them as misguided and structurally incomprehensible.<p>The Labour leader, speaking on a visit to Stroud, in Gloucestershire, said the private sector should be …

Radiation Therapy

Q&A: The NHS shake-up

<b>The government is overhauling the way the NHS in England works.</b><p>Under the plans, GPs and other clinicians will be given much more responsibility for spending the budget in England, while greater competition with the private sector will be encouraged.<p>It has been dubbed one of the most radical plans …

Radiation Therapy

Oxfordshire and Hampshire councils to share technology

<b>Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to share computer technology with Hampshire County Council as part of a plan to save £1m in three years.</b><p>Both county councils will share human resources and financial services systems in a move to save costs and generate more computer capacity.<p>The councils both …

Oxfordshire

Southampton city council faces further strikes over job cuts

Union officials have warned council leaders across the UK that they face targeted strikes on key public services if they attempt to push through drastic cost cuts without adequate consultation, as a standoff between Britain's two largest unions and a local authority enters its third month of …

Shropshire council sends dismissal letters to entire workforce

A Conservative-led council has sent letters of dismissal to its entire workforce, telling them they will be re-hired the next day only if they agree to a pay cut.<p>Shropshire county council gave its 6,500 staff notice of their dismissal on 30 September, but offered them immediate re-employment if …

New Government cuts could see a million state jobs go

George Osborne orders 'ambitious' new efficiency drive, to be detailed in the Autumn Statement, for savings and job cuts stretching deep into the next parliament<p>Hundreds of thousands of civil servants and other government employees are facing the sack under sweeping Tory plans to cut back the …

Southampton refuse collectors extend strike

<b>Refuse collectors from Southampton have extended their week-long strike, over a proposed 4.5% pay-cut, to a fortnight.</b><p>The second wave of walk-outs by 112 council workers, had originally been planned to run for seven days but will now run for two consecutive weeks.<p>The city's Tory group has …

United Kingdom

Newcastle upon Tyne – a modern city sinking under austerity cuts

As one of the first local councils to implement austerity cuts imposed by the Coalition government, Newcastle City Council have cut arts funding and slashed services, but what is the impact on the city’s most vulnerable?<p>As Newcastle City Council struggles to find ways to replace lost revenue, those …

American pancakes | Egg recipes

• First separate the eggs, putting the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another.<br>• Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the yolks and mix to a …