Are we about to see an era of experimental government?

, 25 June 2015

Tuesday saw the What Works Team in the Cabinet Office launch the government’s Trial Advice Panel – a free service developed in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council that offers Whitehall departments technical support in designing and implementing controlled experiments. This innovation owes much to the work of the Behavioural Insights Team...

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Cutting the onshore wind subsidy: four things to consider

, 22 June 2015

Voters tell us that they like politicians to live up to their manifesto promises. But by moving rapidly to deliver on the Conservative manifesto commitments on onshore wind, new Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd shows why private sector infrastructure providers may be reluctant to invest in the UK, and why the...

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We didn’t start the FOIA: Freedom of information requests in the final quarter of the Coalition

, 19 June 2015

Joe Randall looks at the quarterly data on freedom of information requests – released yesterday – and assesses how government departments and other public bodies are doing.

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No contest – the time has come to ditch or reboot the Ministerial Contestable Policy Fund

, 19 June 2015

One of the flagship announcements in the 2012 Civil Service Reform Plan was the creation of a ministerial contestable policy find “to give ministers access to external policy advice”. The first outing was the IPPR study on accountability – but the patchy information provided on use of the fund to date...

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Meet the new select committee chairs

, 18 June 2015

The results of the elections for Select Committee chairs in the 2015-2020 Parliament have just been announced. Gavin Freeguard and Hannah White report

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Civil Service staff numbers under the Coalition government, 2010 to 2015

, 17 June 2015

The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show the number of civil servants as of March 2015. Emily Andrews and Gavin Freeguard look at how the size of the Civil Service changed under the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.

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