Staff reductions on the horizon: charting civil service staff numbers

, 4 August 2015

Gavin Freeguard on the challenges of charting multiple government departments.

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Guest blog – Regulatory policy scrutiny: independent advice to government

, 3 August 2015

The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) was formed in November 2009 and became an independent advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB) in 2012. It ensures that when ministers make decisions on regulatory proposals, they do so with the fullest picture possible and in surety that assessments of impacts have been independently validated. The RPC acts as...

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Academy chains in a tangle

, 30 July 2015

Last week, the Sutton Trust, a charity focused on improving social mobility through education, released a report on the performance of academy chains operating across England and Wales. Many academies are standalone schools but over a third of the UK’s 4,000-plus academies are now run by chains overseeing three or more academy schools. The...

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Shrinking Whitehall

, 28 July 2015

The news that government is considering restructuring as one solution to the current spending squeeze is not surprising. Mergers are often sought as a solution to crises in both the public and private sector, and secretaries of state will have to consider all options if they are to respond to George Osborne’s recent request...

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Behavioural economics: an insight into the future of policy making?

, 28 July 2015

“Behavioural economists look for ‘quirky’ behavioural patterns – it is only in the eyes of economists that these are misbehaviours.” Richard Thaler began with a number of anecdotes from his time as a graduate economics student. He and others began to observe several quirky behaviours exhibited by those around him, including the economics professor...

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Eight ways to improve the Work Programme

, 21 July 2015

In 2010, the Coalition Government launched its Work Programme, which promised to get the long-term unemployed back to work. It was announced as “a revolution in back-to-work support” but built on two decades of experience in commissioning similar services. A number of previous employment services were consolidated into one national programme, outsourced by the...

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