The EU referendum – the role of Ministers and the Civil Service during the campaign

, 27 May 2016

Alongside the rules for the official campaign groups on how they can act, what money they can spend and what publicity they are able to put out, the next 28 days also sees a change in the role of the Civil Service in supporting the Government over the question of the UK’s membership of...

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Joint scrutiny: BHS inquiry shows us how select committees can work together

, 24 May 2016

The collapse of BHS into administration put 11,000 high street jobs at risk and revealed a pensions black hole of nearly £600 million. The sheer scale of the business failure meant it was inevitable that Parliament would wish to ask questions, and it was clear that it raised issues within the remit of more...

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Old faces, new politics? How the three devolved governments were formed

, 20 May 2016

In Scotland and Wales, unlike at Westminster, First Ministers are appointed (by the Queen) only after receiving the explicit backing of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Senedd respectively. This process came to a conclusion this week as the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh Labour’s Carwyn Jones were reconfirmed in office. Events in Edinburgh and...

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What will English devolution mean for joining up local public services?

, 19 May 2016

An expert panel convened by the Institute for Government agreed that English devolution provides a major opportunity to tackle long-standing barriers to local public service integration. Previously, local areas were ‘hamstrung by the lack of access to some of the big levers or benefits’, explained Andrew Gates, Head of Policy at Sheffield City Region...

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Queen’s Speech 2016: triumph of realism?

, 19 May 2016

Every political event is now interpreted through the lens of the European Union (EU) referendum, and yesterday’s speech laid bare the rifts that exist in the Conservative Party over the referendum. Indeed, coverage today is focused less on the substance of the speech, and more on deepening divisions in the Government. But that is...

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Getting their Acts together? Legislation in the 2015-16 Parliament

, 17 May 2016

Last year’s Queen’s Speech contained more bills than any since 2007. There were around 26 bills in last year’s Queen’s Speech, which announces the legislative agenda for the parliamentary session ahead. According to the House of Commons Library, 13 of those bills have become law, and the proposed bill on Northern Ireland eventually became...

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