FOIA fighters: how departments dealt with Freedom of Information requests in the first quarter of the new government

, 25 September 2015

As we have discussed in previous blogs, over 100,000 public bodies are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (2000). Despite responsibility for FoI policy transferring to the Cabinet Office in July (alongside the establishment of a cross-party Commission to review the Act) and sponsorship of the Information Commissioner’s Office transferring to DCMS, the Ministry...

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History redux? – Hinkley Point C and its critics

, 24 September 2015

This initial deal intends to ‘pave the way’ for a final investment decision by EDF, supported by China General Nuclear Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation, later this year. It guarantees that lenders financing the construction of the plant will be repaid up to £2bn, irrespective of project performance. The deal therefore transfers some...

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The smarter state and the spending review

, 23 September 2015

Getting the spending review right – delivering in the PM’s words ‘better value for taxpayers but better services too’– is central to the success of the Government’s programme between now and 2020. The Institute for Government shares Cameron’s aspirations for more effective government and agrees that the spending review will only work if there...

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How the UK can get better at infrastructure, housing, and planning for the future

, 18 September 2015

We invited Prof. Diane Coyle (Professor of Economics in the University of Manchester), Caroline Green (Assistant Chief Executive, Oxford City Council, and former Research Director of the Lyons Housing Review), and Sir John Armitt (author of an independent review of long-term infrastructure planning in the UK) to comment on our findings in a public...

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Civil Service staff numbers Q2 2015: down, but not as much as expected

, 17 September 2015

There are now 397,850 civil servants (FTE), down 7,920 from the previous quarter. The Government is reporting a reduction of 7,920 in the number of civil servants in the last quarter. This large reduction has brought the government closer to the aspiration set out in the 2012 Civil Service Reform plan – that there...

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Inventing convention – special advisers as members of the House of Lords

, 17 September 2015

‘If a new peer is a special adviser, they will be able to participate in the division lobbies but not contribute to debates,’ said Baroness Stowell in her statement to the Lords Evidence. Many assume that three new special adviser peers – Kate Fall, the Prime Minister’s deputy chief of staff; Philippa Stroud, special...

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