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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In need of reform? The future of economic regulation in the UK

, 6 October 2015

At our event we asked a panel of eminent speakers (Jon Stern, Chris Bolt, Regina Finn and Stephen Littlechild) to reflect on four themes: the competence of current regulatory arrangements to facilitate investment in infrastructure mounting tensions between politicians and independent regulators growing scepticism about the role of competition in the governance of infrastructure...

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Can harsh medicine taste nice?

, 5 October 2015

This morning a series of Government spokespeople were on our airwaves, claiming that everyone would be better off as a result of the changes to tax credits and the living wage. And not just better off in the long term (after we take our medicine) but better off immediately, with nobody losing out. I’m...

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