Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said fewer than 20% of civil servants were on strike today compared with a third in the last big walkout in 2011.
Mr Maude said today's disruption was the fault of union leaders and urged public sector workers that the right to strike must be exercised "responsibly".
He pointed out that only one in five members of Unite and Unison had taken part in ballots leading to the strike, adding that low turnouts strengthened the case for reform.
In response to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude's admission that the implementation of the Universal Credit system has been "pretty lamentable", the Department for Work and Pensions has told ITV News Iain Duncan Smith has "not shied away from any tough decisions" over the policy:
Labour's shadow work and pension secretary Rachel Reeves has asked "when will the PM and IDS [Iain Duncan Smith] get a grip" on Universal Credit, after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude admitted to ITV News that its implementation had been "pretty lamentable" so far:
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said it was "good news for taxpayers" that Serco has agreed to repay £68.5 million for overcharging on criminal tagging contracts.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that the shadow chancellor Ed Balls' pledge to axe winter fuel payments for wealthier pensioners shows he is "making it up as he goes along":
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that a statutory register of lobbyists, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for, would have made "no difference at all" to recent allegations of lobbying.
"There are already rules which say that MPs cannot take money as an advocate in Parliament," he told Daybreak.
He added that the former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer's alleged offence was "against the rules," but that there was a "perfectly proper need" for professional lobbyists.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who is overseeing the funeral arrangements for Baroness Thatcher, has denied being the first to "plunge the knife" when the Conservative party forced her out of office 23 years ago.
Maude told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "No I didn't, I simply told her what I believed to be the truth."
In her memoirs, Thatcher recalled how "reliable ally" Maude was the first to tell her she had to go.
The head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake, has tweeted that the announcement later today on reforms to Whitehall is a "good plan" for his colleagues.
The government wants to change the way Whitehall operates to increase accountability, simplify hierarchies and make sure government departments operate more like businesses.
Three departments in particular will undergo reviews to make them function more effectively. They are: The Department for Education, Work and Pensions and Communities and Local Government.
The Financial Times looks at what the review is trying to achieve.