Government needs to eat its own data

, 23 November 2015

In Whitehall Monitor 2015: the Coalition in 163 charts, we talk about data in three ways: data as ‘data’ – it is complete, consistent and accurate data as ‘information’ – it says something meaningful, and helps us to understand what is happening data as ‘evidence’ – it can be used to inform decisions. Jeni Tennison used the...

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Whitehall Monitor 2015: the Coalition in 163 charts

, 20 November 2015

The Whitehall Monitor is the Institute for Government’s data journalism project. Today, just a week before the final Spending Review settlements are revealed, we launched our third annual report, ‘The Coalition in 163 charts’. Gavin Freeguard highlighted some of these charts to tell four stories about what has happened over the last five years,...

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Answering the Scottish question

, 19 November 2015

David Cameron recently said that the pre-referendum vow about the ‘powerhouse parliament’ had been kept and, quoting its author, Lord Smith, that the agreement brokered by the Smith Commission had been delivered in full. So, in the Prime Minister’s view, the debate should now shift to how those new powers should be used. Based...

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What devolution deals will mean for the skills system

, 18 November 2015

We’ve now seen significant devolution deals that include devolving skills powers to Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Sheffield, Cornwall, Tees Valley, the North East Combined Authority, the West Midlands Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region. In the July Budget, local areas were invited to submit their proposals for new devolution deals with the Government. By...

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Time to end Budgets’ special treatment

, 18 November 2015

What is most interesting is why the politics – and policy making – around Budgets are treated so differently from other important government decisions. As George Osborne contemplates how to extricate himself from his tax credits problem next week, maybe it’s time for him to think about whether he – and the country –...

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One week to go, and hard work still remains for the Chancellor

, 17 November 2015

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has a Conservative Secretary of State for the first time in its history. Amber Rudd, formerly George Osborne’s PPS, has used the timing of the Spending Review to reorient the department: an “energy reset” speech, due tomorrow, is timed to turn today’s settlement into a new, post-Coalition...

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