The challenge of the 2015 Spending Review

, 5 June 2015

“Were people who voted Conservative actually misled?” asked Ben Chu of the Independent. “The description of £1 out of every £100 Government spends risked misleading people” replied Carl Emmerson of the IFS, diplomatically. As Whitehall prepares for another Spending Review, the IFS and the IFG held a joint event to get to outline...

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What can we learn from yesterday’s Treasury announcement about the coming Spending Review?

, 5 June 2015

Ah, the joys of a press release from the Treasury. Some of the finest minds in Whitehall setting out to make the reader think one thing, when the actual words say another! We had a classic of the genre yesterday. The centrepiece was a table purporting to show “savings” numbers, which summed together all...

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Women and Whitehall: how did Whitehall change after 1979 – and what does that mean for its future?

, 5 June 2015

Women are better represented in Whitehall than ever before, but the Civil Service still faces challenges, especially in improving the representation of women at the top of the Civil Service. Joe Devanny heard three distinguished former officials reflect on their career experiences and how Whitehall has changed.

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How the 2015 Spending Review will differ from 2010

, 4 June 2015

Today the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies will examine the challenges for the new Government as it embarks on the 2015 Spending Review. Ahead of the event, held at the Institute, Researcher Oliver Illot looks at how the 2015 Spending Review will differ from the process in 2010. He considers...

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Select committees in the 2015 parliament

, 3 June 2015

In the aftermath of the election the shape of the select committee system in the new parliament is now beginning to emerge. Hannah White offers some thoughts about what has changed and where we might see more continuity.

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Speaking truth to power – from the crossbenches

, 1 June 2015

Newly ennobled Lord Kerslake has lobbed a hand grenade at his successor by taking the government to task over its housing proposals. But it also raises questions of how quickly civil servants should go public on their former responsibilities.

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