Archive for Jill Rutter

Jill directs the Institute for Government’s work on better policymaking and arm’s length government. She is an experienced former Senior Civil Servant, having worked in the Treasury, No.10 and Defra. She is an expert commentator on: How governments make policy; General civil service issues including minister-civil service relations; Budgets and tax policy more generally; Governments and sustainable development; Government and business; Quangos (ALB’s). Jill is co-author of the Institute’s work on making policy better, policy success and innovation in policy processes as well as how to manage relationships with arm’s length bodies. Before joining the Institute, Jill was Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at Defra, Previous civil service jobs included periods as Treasury Communications Director, in private office and as the policy lead on tax, development and local government finance, as well as a period in the No.10 Policy Unit. She also worked for BP for six years. Jill is a frequent blogger, drawing both on IfG research and her wider experience. She is a regular commentator on civil service and policymaking for radio and television and has appeared on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, World at One, Beyond Westminster and most recently, Start the Week and the Today programme.

Jill Rutter’s Posts

Regression analysis: the pipeline of women leaders in Whitehall is badly blocked

, 11 May 2016

Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, has declared his commitment to diversity. He has appointed a high-level group of diversity advisers, and commissioned a report on the blockages in the pipeline of female talent. And he has explicit objectives on promoting diversity at senior levels in his personal objectives....

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Crime fiction: policy won’t work if it’s based on myth not reality

, 5 May 2016

A mass redeployment of policing resources to Oxford or Midsomer – two murder hotspots, if you believe what you watch on TV – would strike most people as absurd. But, as IfG Senior Fellow Tom Gash argues, many pet criminal justice policies are based on less obvious but also highly misleading assumptions. Sensible crime...

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How can we make tax policy (and budgets) better?

, 29 April 2016

In the past few years, the Institute for Government and others have repeatedly drawn attention to problems in tax policy-making and budgets. Just over a month since the March 2016 Budget, memories of the messy aftermath have dimmed as the EU referendum debate and concerns on tax transparency have moved centre stage. But at...

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Energy inefficiency

, 14 April 2016

Promoting energy efficiency has proved hard for governments. Everyone agrees it is a good thing – both for energy bills and to reduce CO2 emissions. But relatively few people care enough to fork out the cash upfront to take the measures needed. On paper the Green Deal is a rational policymaker’s dream: assess what...

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Getting legislatures to engage in the evidence behind policy

, 8 April 2016

Anyone who has been watching BBC2’s riveting Inside Obama’s White House will have noted the US Administration’s increasing despair at navigating an increasingly polarised and hostile Congress. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that Congress just passed the Murray-Ryan Bill, co-sponsored by Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat, and Representative Paul Ryan...

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Putting low pay out of commission: does the National Living Wage herald the end of the Low Pay Commission?

, 4 April 2016

When we brought together those who had worked on implementing the minimum wage, Chris Pond, of the Low Pay Unit pressure group (one of the few early protagonists of a minimum wage in the UK), told us that ‘back in the 80s, the minimum wage wasn’t controversial at all. Nobody thought it was a...

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Context v pretext: time for collective decision-making on Budgets?

, 23 March 2016

David Cameron’s recent letter to Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) described his puzzlement and disappointment at IDS’s decision to resign over a policy designed in his department, agreed in his department, announced by his department (and now reversed). On the face of it, the ‘pretexters’ have it – this was a bizarre issue over which...

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Omnishambles averted? Four tips for any Chancellor wanting to reform pensions

, 8 March 2016

It’s far from clear what is going to be in next week’s budget – but it’s very clear now what isn’t going to be there. The Treasury had been “consulting” on proposals on plans for a new ISA style pension – which would generate a huge amount of additional tax revenue in the short-run...

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After Nick: what the Treasury (and the rest of us) needs in its next permanent secretary

, 4 January 2016

The Treasury is always one of the most powerful departments in Whitehall – but at the moment it stands head and shoulders above the rest. That is in part due to the Chancellor – with a writ that runs over any areas of policy he is interested in (infrastructure, the supply side, decentralisation and...

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Ministers reflect: on the Treasury

, 30 December 2015

Inside the Treasury The minister with Treasury experience we interviewed, Mark Hoban, was impressed with the way the Treasury prepared for new ministers and thought his background helped him make that transition: “I was financially literate, which was important, I had run projects, some of those skills about managing people and managing teams I’d...

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