Handle with care: the 2015 Parliament

, 15 October 2015

With a working majority of 16 in the Commons and no majority in the Lords, the Government is coming to terms with how to deal with Parliament. This is even evident in the language used to describe the approach to parliamentary business, with Prime Minister David Cameron recently saying that “what matters is building...

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UK productivity: from puzzle to plan

, 15 October 2015

UK labour productivity (i.e. GDP divided by total hours worked) is an important measure of living standards, which has captured the attention of governments for many years. Evidence suggesting that German, French and U.S. productivity is significantly above the UK has been the usual focus. However, the extent to which this is truly reflective...

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Fiscal rules and knock-about politics don’t mix

, 14 October 2015

Which way will they vote? Will that change again? And would it matter at all whatever they did? Exciting questions no doubt, in relation to the Labour Party and the Chancellor’s new Charter for Fiscal Responsibility. But what is actually happening today has been rather lost in the coverage. The BBC website yesterday was...

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Women in the Civil Service, 2015

, 13 October 2015

There are more senior women in the Civil Service than in 2010, but women remain concentrated at junior levels. Women outnumber men across the Civil Service as a whole. Since 2010, the proportion of women in the Civil Service has continued to hover just above 50%: it currently stands at 54%, up from 53%...

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The Civil Service in 2015 – in seven charts

, 8 October 2015

A great deal has been written about diversity in the Civil Service in recent weeks (not least the Institute’s own report on women and Whitehall since 1979). The latest figures, published today, show that the Civil Service – and Senior Civil Service – has become more diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity and disability since...

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Making the National Infrastructure Commission work: six pieces of advice

, 7 October 2015

The establishment of a new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is to be welcomed. The Institute has often argued for an independent body that is capable of facilitating an informed debate about infrastructure, and is able to work beyond narrow political interest and help build consensus. Based on our previous research, the following lessons will...

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