Reflections on the IfG work experience programme

, 25 August 2016

From left to right: Nazmin Hussain, Chloe Hook, Sophie Winter, Beverley Agyekum. Beverley Agyekum My week at the Institute for Government was extremely enlightening. I learned so much about the different parts of the organisation and how they work together as a whole to complete their main function, which is to focus on the...

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Are reports of the death of English devolution exaggerated?

, 24 August 2016

Reasons to be cheerful In the last few weeks we’ve learned more about what the new government thinks about English devolution and there are four reasons to think that devolution remains a priority. First, there is a new devolution team in place. Sajid Javid, the new Communities and Local Government Secretary, has form from...

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The Responsiveness Ranking: which departments reply to politicians and the public on time?

, 18 August 2016

Responding to requests for information is a big part of a government department’s work. Types of requests include: Freedom of Information (FoI) requests, which can come from anyone Written parliamentary questions (PQs), from MPs or Peers Ministerial correspondence, in reply to letters from parliamentarians. Looking at the most recent data in all three fields...

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Gold rush – the role of UK Sport in Team GB’s success

, 16 August 2016

One of the reasons for Team GB’s success is ruthless performance management by UK Sport, the arm’s length body that allocates funding to high-performance sports. Prior to the London 2012 Olympics, UK Sport set a target of winning between 48 and 70 medals, spread across at least 12 different sports. Britain’s final medal tally...

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Presumed consent? The role of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Brexit process

, 11 August 2016

Ever since devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland began in 1999, the UK Government has operated according to the ‘Sewel’ or ‘legislative consent’ convention. Under this convention, Westminster will not normally legislate on devolved matters without the agreement of the devolved parliaments and assemblies. Given the stark political differences over Brexit, the legislative...

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Government gets commercial

, 10 August 2016

In summer 2013, news of the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) failure to manage electronic monitoring of offenders, a service provided by Serco and G4S, hit the headlines. There were plenty of failures before, but this incident marked a turning point in government’s awareness of the need to improve its commercial skills. The Government quickly...

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