Quotas: the key to gender equality?

, 26 October 2015

Earlier this month, Suffragette hit UK movie screens and the Women’s Equality Party launched its policy platform. The party established by the heirs of the suffragettes has attracted 45,000 members in a few short months. It is clear that the debate about gender equality in the UK is intensifying. Last week, the London School...

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Getting better at managing public service markets

, 25 October 2015

In a recent speech on creating a ‘smarter state’, the Prime Minister said that government will be ‘bringing in new providers or allowing new ways of doing things’, that ‘those providers should be paid by the results they achieve’ and that ‘opening up contracts to small businesses can drive innovation’. But we know that...

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Lords in opposition to government policy

, 23 October 2015

On Monday, the House of Lords will debate a fatal motion on proposed changes to tax credits. A great deal of commentary has attempted to assess the constitutional propriety of this motion. Some argue that the measures were contained in the Conservative manifesto and should therefore be exempt from interference in the Lords, under...

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How old is the Civil Service?

, 22 October 2015

The Civil Service is getting older; just 9% of civil servants are under 30, down from 14% in 2010. In 2015, just 9% of civil servants are aged under 30, down from 14% in 2010. At the other end of the age spectrum, 32% of all civil servants are aged 50 to 59 in...

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Freedom of information and government effectiveness

, 22 October 2015

Transparency and openness are important for effective government, which the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) plays a part in supporting. The Government recently established an independent commission to review the Act. The Commission’s call for evidence expresses particular concern about changes in the legal interpretation of the ministerial veto – which allows the Cabinet...

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The ‘fatal power’ of the Lords

, 21 October 2015

The House of Lords is mainly nowadays a revising chamber with the ability to ask the Commons, and the Government, to think again by passing amendments. But on secondary or delegated legislation ­– implementing measures in an act or primary legislation – the Lords has a veto. Peers cannot amend such a measure, only...

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