Memo to a new minister: how to keep implementation on track in the final year

, 17 July 2014

Last autumn, the Prime Minister told the Commons Liaison Select Committee that 2014-15 was to be the year of delivery. Today, as his new ministerial teams convene to make plans for the final nine months of this parliament, the pressure is on to make that happen. New research from the Institute for Government published...

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The Prime Minister must ensure that he gets a chief executive at the centre

, 15 July 2014

The idea of appointing a full-time chief executive to lead the Civil Service is correct – provided the responsibilities and authority match the role. There are worrying signs in yesterday’s announcement that they will not, and we may have the second muddled reorganisation in three years.

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Government reshuffle 2014 – live-blog

, 15 July 2014

The latest data on the reshuffle from the Institute’s Whitehall Monitor team. Follow the conversation on twitter @instituteforgov, @GavinFreeguard, @caraghnimmo and #WhitehallMonitor.

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Wish you were here? Tales from New Zealand’s journey of civil service reform

, 14 July 2014

Much of the language used and aspirations conveyed by Mr Rennie sounded familiar to followers of the UK’s civil service reform agenda. However, Mr Rennie’s presentation (and the response by Mark Lowcock, permanent secretary at the Department for International Development, and head of a working group on accountability arrangements in Whitehall), also illustrated some...

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The reshuffle dilemma: make-over or make progress?

, 14 July 2014

With the long-awaited reshuffle imminent, there are likely to be several changes among junior ministers. While this may or may not make for good party management, it threatens to disrupt policy implementation at the point when stability and focus are needed most.

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Clarifying accountability – the latest objectives for permanent secretaries

, 11 July 2014

The objectives for permanent secretaries for 2014-15 form the basis for their performance management. The objectives will be used by the Cabinet Secretary or the Head of the Civil Service – the permanent secretaries are managed between them – for annual appraisal discussions and pay awards. The Institute was highly critical when the last...

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