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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To join up services, build readiness to collaborate

, 17 November 2015

Without ‘real and meaningful’ public service reform, George Osborne’s devolution revolution will remain a work in progress: this is the case made by the Institute for Government’s Jo Casebourne in an article for The Guardian recently. It is hard to disagree. So the question is not whether, but how and with whom, this needs...

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Getting better at getting things done: launching the Whitehall implementation ‘profession’

, 12 November 2015

As Jeremy Heywood reminded us in his recent talk at the Institute for Government on the role of the Cabinet Secretary, and as highlighted in the new leadership statement, the core responsibility of the UK Civil Service is to deliver the Government’s programme and ministerial priorities. In this Parliament, that means implementing the 517 priorities set...

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The Spending Review hard work remains to be done

, 9 November 2015

All of the departments affected by today’s announcement experienced significant cuts over the last five years, and the news of these settlements makes clear that we are in the middle of an unprecedented decade of austerity. Up and down the country, local government will have been interested to hear that DCLG has taken a...

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The next steps on the path of Scottish devolution

, 9 November 2015

The most notable changes the Government has proposed are in the domain of welfare. The earlier version of the bill was due to devolve a number of benefits, mainly relating to the sick and disabled, but the new amendments will empower the Scottish Government to top up the major working age benefits being merged...

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Progress on contract transparency stalled

, 9 November 2015

In March this year, the Institute for Government set out recommendations for enhancing transparency in public service contracts. We proposed a set of standard transparency provisions that would compel suppliers to publish top-level information about contracted services, such as the fees charged to government and headline performance indicators. The then-Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude...

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