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Queensland public servants cowed by ‘high price’ of speaking out, Peter Coaldrake says

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Queensland’s public servants have become fearful of providing frank and fearless advice to government because of the “high price” paid by some who do, according to the man who led a landmark review of the sector. Prof...

Senior public servants thought John Barilaro’s New York trade job would need cabinet approval

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Public servants inside Investment New South Wales believed that the New York City trade commissioner job to which former deputy premier John Barilaro was appointed needed to be approved by cabinet. Ahead of today’s pu...

Thousands of public servants strike across New South Wales

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Thousands of striking public service workers have rallied outside the New South Wales parliament to vent their displeasure over the government’s promised 3% pay rise. Public Service Association (PSA) members ranging f...

Civil servants and No 10 advisers furious over single fine for Boris Johnson

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Civil servants and special advisers have reacted with fury and disbelief after Scotland Yard confirmed Boris Johnson got only one of 126 fines levied for law-breaking parties at the heart of Downing Street and Whiteha...

Has Jacob Rees-Mogg done his homework on civil servants working from home?

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A recent vacancy advertised on the civil service jobs website states: “The Government is committed to increasing the number of Civil Service roles throughout the UK under its Places for Growth programme and this will ...

Civil servants called UK Covid testing scheme ‘unlegit’, court hears

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Civil servants described the government’s Covid testing programme as “unlegit” and “no way to do business” in emails revealed in a high court challenge to the awarding of up to £85m in contracts for antibody tests. Th...

‘Condescending’: Jacob Rees-Mogg leaves notes for WFH civil servants

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has been called “condescending” after leaving notes deemed to be passive-aggressive on civil servants’ desks in an effort to stop them working from home. As part of his campaign to push workers back in...

Priti Patel asylum plan ‘not racist or illegal’, civil servants told

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The Home Office’s top civil servant has told thousands of his staff they will not be breaking the law or be guilty of racism if they enforce Priti Patel’s plan to send people with rejected UK asylum claims to Rwanda. ...

Belgian civil servants given legal right to disconnect from work

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Belgian civil servants will no longer need to answer emails or phone calls out of hours after the country became the latest in Europe to offer workers the right to disconnect. The law, which comes into effect on Tuesd...

Civil servants ordered back to office after Covid restrictions lifted in England

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Civil servants have been ordered to return to the office, with government departments told to rapidly get back to “full occupancy” after the lifting of plan B Covid-19 restrictions in England. But the announcement on ...

No 10 parties inquiry should have more independence, say former civil servants

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An inquiry into Downing Street parties that could determine the fate of Boris Johnson’s premiership should be given greater independence from No 10, former civil servants and a union leader have warned. It comes amid ...

MPs and civil servants called to account for misleading use of statistics

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Politicians and senior civil servants have been publicly called to account for the misuse of government figures on 47 occasions by the official statistics watchdog, its latest casework review shows. Former health secr...

Hard-working civil servants deserve respect, wherever they are working

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I was really disheartened to read recent attacks on civil servants by an unnamed cabinet minister (Civil servants working from home not at risk of pay cut, says Kwarteng, theguardian.com, 9 August). These constant ver...

Scottish civil servants to stop investigating complaints against government ministers

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Scottish civil servants will be stripped of their role investigating complaints against government ministers after the controversy surrounding sexual harassment claims against Alex Salmond. Nicola Sturgeon, Salmond’s ...

UK civil servants given just days to prepare £2.9bn aid cuts in 2020

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UK civil servants were given five to seven working days to prepare 30% cuts in the overseas aid budget last summer, including a £730m cut to bilateral aid that it later emerged was unnecessary. The cuts were agreed in...

Chinese county bans birthday parties for public servants

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Authorities in a Chinese county have banned public servants and Communist party members from having birthday parties, housewarmings and other banquet celebrations. Authorities in Funing county, in Yunnan province, als...

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