And at the sharper end of things Work and Pensions minister Caroline Flint admitted that no work had yet been done on a key benefits system due in a year.
Over in the private sector, meanwhile, IT rationalisation projects have loomed large, with Cadbury, Royal Bank of Scotland and ArcelorMittal all facing up to different IT challenges in the months ahead.
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