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Budget 2017: HMRC slows Making Tax Digital plan for smallest businesses

8 March 2017

One-year to the introduction of quarterly reporting announced after concern MPs on the Treasury committee

Phillip Hammond

Budget 2017: Hammond avoids big giveaways as fiscal outlook improves

8 March 2017

Hammond avoids big tweaks to Whitehall budgets, but targets extra funding for social care and business rate relief

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Whitehall told to ramp up devolution efforts – or risk worsening Brexit divide

7 March 2017

RSA says power in the UK remains "too centralised" – and urges central government to give more freedom to local authorities to tackle regional imbalances

Philip Hammond MP

Civil service pay: Prospect union joins calls for Phillip Hammond to end “political football” of 1% cap

7 March 2017

Union calls for independent review of pay as it warns that maintaining a 1% cap on pay rises is “unsustainable”

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Government facing "mass exodus" of IT contractors as HMRC tightens tax rules

7 March 2017

Experts say HMRC's online tool to help contractors calculate tax status is 'not fit for purpose' as effects of IR35 reforms start to bite. Rebecca Hill of CSW's sister title, PublicTechnology, reports

Theresa May and Philip Hammond

Phillip Hammond urged to end pay cap that "has cost civil servants £3,400 each"

6 March 2017

Continuing pay cap would mean up to 20% drop in average civil service earnings by 2020, union analysis reveals

Sir Michael Barber pictured at an Institute for Government event

Key Blair adviser picked to lead "serious" civil service efficiency review

6 March 2017

After decades of reviews aimed at driving down the civil service's running costs, Sir Michael Barber, former chief of Blair's delivery unit, is hailed by one Whitehall-watcher as "much less celebrity and much more focused on getting the job done"

Philip Hammond

Budget 2017: Hammond mulls tax rise to cover extra spending

6 March 2017

Chancellor will not use improved growth forecasts to borrow more money, it is reported

arrivals, moves, departures, jobs, HR

Latest civil service & public affairs moves — March 6

6 March 2017

New appointments in the civil service, UK politics, and public affairs, via our colleagues at Dods People