The Institute for Government Essay Competition 2016

, 29 October 2015

We don’t yet know what the spending review settlements will look like, but we do know that the next five years will be tough for the Civil Service. Delivering the Prime Minister’s ‘smarter state’ – a streamlined, digital, devolved government – will be impossible without big changes and new ideas. Who better to provide...

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Review of the Lords

, 28 October 2015

We are not in a constitutional crisis. For all the strong words generated since the government’s defeat in the Lords on Monday on its proposals on tax credits, the real story is about a clash of principles and practice and a much changed, and unstable, political position in both the Commons and Lords. In...

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Quotas: the key to gender equality?

, 26 October 2015

Earlier this month, Suffragette hit UK movie screens and the Women’s Equality Party launched its policy platform. The party established by the heirs of the suffragettes has attracted 45,000 members in a few short months. It is clear that the debate about gender equality in the UK is intensifying. Last week, the London School...

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Getting better at managing public service markets

, 25 October 2015

In a recent speech on creating a ‘smarter state’, the Prime Minister said that government will be ‘bringing in new providers or allowing new ways of doing things’, that ‘those providers should be paid by the results they achieve’ and that ‘opening up contracts to small businesses can drive innovation’. But we know that...

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Lords in opposition to government policy

, 23 October 2015

On Monday, the House of Lords will debate a fatal motion on proposed changes to tax credits. A great deal of commentary has attempted to assess the constitutional propriety of this motion. Some argue that the measures were contained in the Conservative manifesto and should therefore be exempt from interference in the Lords, under...

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How old is the Civil Service?

, 22 October 2015

The Civil Service is getting older; just 9% of civil servants are under 30, down from 14% in 2010. In 2015, just 9% of civil servants are aged under 30, down from 14% in 2010. At the other end of the age spectrum, 32% of all civil servants are aged 50 to 59 in...

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