Meet the new Shadow frontbench, in five charts

, 29 September 2015

Eight new Shadow Secretaries of State have not previously served – including the new leader. In our previous post, we wondered what Labour’s new frontbench team would look like – we now have some answers. Three out of 19 shadow secretaries of state are in the same post as before (Benn at FCO, Falconer...

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Diversity in the Civil Service: Women and Whitehall since 1979

, 25 September 2015

Earlier this week the Cabinet Secretary appointed four new diversity advisers – high-profile figures from business and sport – to provide advice and challenge for ministers and senior officials as they try to make the Civil Service more representative of the country it serves. These appointments are the most recent manifestation of Whitehall’s attempts...

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FOIA fighters: how departments dealt with Freedom of Information requests in the first quarter of the new government

, 25 September 2015

As we have discussed in previous blogs, over 100,000 public bodies are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (2000). Despite responsibility for FoI policy transferring to the Cabinet Office in July (alongside the establishment of a cross-party Commission to review the Act) and sponsorship of the Information Commissioner’s Office transferring to DCMS, the Ministry...

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History redux? – Hinkley Point C and its critics

, 24 September 2015

This initial deal intends to ‘pave the way’ for a final investment decision by EDF, supported by China General Nuclear Corporation and China National Nuclear Corporation, later this year. It guarantees that lenders financing the construction of the plant will be repaid up to £2bn, irrespective of project performance. The deal therefore transfers some...

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The smarter state and the spending review

, 23 September 2015

Getting the spending review right – delivering in the PM’s words ‘better value for taxpayers but better services too’– is central to the success of the Government’s programme between now and 2020. The Institute for Government shares Cameron’s aspirations for more effective government and agrees that the spending review will only work if there...

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How the UK can get better at infrastructure, housing, and planning for the future

, 18 September 2015

We invited Prof. Diane Coyle (Professor of Economics in the University of Manchester), Caroline Green (Assistant Chief Executive, Oxford City Council, and former Research Director of the Lyons Housing Review), and Sir John Armitt (author of an independent review of long-term infrastructure planning in the UK) to comment on our findings in a public...

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