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Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office sits at the very centre of government and, together with the Treasury, provides the 'head office' of government. The department has three core functions that enable it to achieve this overarching purpose:
  • Supporting the Prime Minister - to define and deliver the government's objectives.
  • Supporting the Cabinet - to drive the coherence, quality and delivery of policy and operations across departments.
  • Strengthening the civil service - to ensure the civil service is organised effectively and has the capability in terms of skills, values and leadership to deliver the government's objectives.
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Ideas wanted for London's open government summit
People and organisations with an interest in open government are being encouraged to submit ideas for a major international summit due to be held in London later this year

Halpern to head What Works
The Cabinet Office has appointed Dr David Halpern to spearhead the development of evidence-based policy as the new What Works national adviser

Minister and adviser clash over role of housing associations
A government adviser and a Cabinet Office minister have clashed over whether housing associations should play a more active role in shaping and improving communities

Government procurement ''is not working''
The government's current procurement policy is helping large private firms dominate public service markets

PM ''breached Ministerial Code'' on Crosby
After the embarrassment of the Unite Falkirk affair, Labour's attack on David Cameron's adviser has intensified


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New initiatives which introduce a digital by default approach must be a sensible way forward, says David Isaac, a partner at law firm Pinsent Masons. But government does not have a strong track record of delivering successful IT projects and must learn lessons

How do we know if we're really doing good practice?
Primum non nocere, the ethic of 'do no harm', is drilled into medics at an early stage. Could we say the same about the rest of social policy and programmes? Jonathan Breckon looks at the issues

Nick HurdWe need many more public servants with commercial skills
There's a lot at stake in producing commissioners who can deliver better outcomes and better value, writes Cabinet Office minister Nick Hurd