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

Troubled Families takeaways

, 18 October 2016

The good news is that the Government commissioned a rigorous independent evaluation of the Troubled Families programme from the respected National Institute for Economic and Social Research. That report, initially due at the end of 2015, was subject to delays and accusations that inconvenient results were being suppressed. The final publication confirms the view that the...

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Come back Treasury, your country needs you…

, 10 October 2016

British government doesn’t work well when too much power is concentrated in HM Treasury. Gordon Brown used the Treasury to run his own supply-side policies and act as first minister for domestic affairs. George Osborne combined being Chancellor with being chief executive (or at least strategy director) of the Cameron government. He again had...

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Are we there yet? Progress on Theresa May’s government reorganisation

, 9 August 2016

The front-runner: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy It may or may not have been the impact on energy prices that caused ministers to blink at Hinkley Point C – but the department that seems to be making the best fist of its integration so far is the new Department for Business, Energy &...

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Devolution saves 6 billion plastic bags

, 1 August 2016

At first, the UK Government – for these purposes the Government of England – was a bag tax sceptic. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its expert advisers pointed to evidence to show that the life cycle benefits of reducing plastic bag use were ambiguous, and ministers did not want...

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Quick fix or masterplan: interpreting machinery of government changes

, 19 July 2016

One of the notable features of David Cameron’s time in office was the stability of Whitehall structures. The new PM has instead embarked on some big changes – creating two new departments, abolishing one, and engaging in a significant restructuring.  History suggests these come at an immediate price of disruption and distraction and that the...

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Theresa’s Ten

, 15 July 2016

It appears that Theresa May has made a clean sweep of advisers in Number 10. Her long-time aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, are now joint Chiefs-of-Staff, a role first created by Tony Blair for Jonathan Powell and carried on by David Cameron for Ed Llewellyn. The advantage is that not only do the...

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The UK’s influence in the EU in the run up to Brexit

, 30 June 2016

What we know Until the UK agrees a treaty to leave the EU (or invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and fails to reach agreement within the two-year time limit) it will continue to be a member of the EU. In the interim, the UK will: retain access to the Single Market continue...

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Cock-up, not conspiracy, conceals evidence for policy

, 9 June 2016

Missing Evidence, published this month, reviews how much government-commissioned research is publicly available. Sir Stephen went in suspecting conspiracy – and, surprising no-one who has worked inside government, found cock-up. A few high-profile cases of delayed publication suggested there might be a deliberate strategy within government to suppress externally commissioned research. Indeed, there were some cases...

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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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