Being an effective select committee member

, 9 July 2015

Based on the interviews and workshops conducted as part of its recently published research on the impact of select committees on government, the Institute for Government has published a short pamphlet which aims to do just that. The pamphlet draws together the views and ideas of people with experience of interacting with committees –...

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Budget 2015: delivering the spirit of the Conservative manifesto

, 8 July 2015

The Budget was the time to tell whether the Chancellor was serious about delivering the Conservative manifesto to the letter. The answer is no, but before anyone gets too excited he is certainly delivering the spirit of it.

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The growing role of Government non-executive directors

, 7 July 2015

Government non-executive directors have a growing role, says Sir Ian Cheshire – and they will be important over the next 18 months as the Government tries to advance its agenda while introducing significant spending reductions.

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How serious is the Government about its fiscal challenge?

, 6 July 2015

Yet another Budget is almost upon us. It will tell us a lot about how the Chancellor and his colleagues intend to tackle the challenge they set themselves in the Conservative manifesto.

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Three former health secretaries offer their diagnosis on how to be an effective minister

, 6 July 2015

The book contains insights from ten former health secretaries. Three of these – Stephen Dorrell (1995-97), Alan Milburn (1999-03), and Patricia Hewitt (2005-07) – joined Hunt to discuss how to be effective in the job. The panel emphasised the unique qualities of the health portfolio, but also highlighted the common challenges faced in any ministerial brief....

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A sense of direction: when permanent secretaries object to ministerial decisions

, 6 July 2015

What happens when a Permanent Secretary objects to a ministerial decision? Gavin Freeguard gives a quick update on ‘ministerial directions’.

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