The Institute for Government is the UK's leading independent charity and think tank promoting more effective government. We work with political parties and senior civil servants, providing fresh thinking through research, events and leadership development. We have cross-party governance and are funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Our new report Accountability at the Top is the final output of the Institute’s 15-month research programme into accountability arrangements in central government.
Weaknesses in the system means it remains unclear who is responsible for what – ministers or mandarins? There is also a lack of clarity about consequences of failure. We set out 12 reforms that could improve matters.