Sharing and safeguarding data in government

, 20 April 2016

Sharing data – with government, with public services, with companies like Amazon and Google – is an inescapable part of modern life. The Government’s consultation on data sharing, Better Use of Data, outlines legislative proposals to ‘modernise the UK data landscape’ and allow data to be shared across government, while ensuring it is ‘used...

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The DECC change programme

, 20 April 2016

In September 2015, DECC approached the Institute for Government to provide insights on its change programme. The ‘DECC Works’ project aimed to reduce the department’s headcount (a 16% reduction by 2018), support new ways of working (such as improving the way the department prioritised), and change its shape (as the department was seen to...

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Health and Justice struggle to stay within spending limits

, 19 April 2016

The Treasury has published detailed spending data on the first three quarters of the year as part of their quarterly OSCAR release, allowing us to examine the cost pressures within departments. While the Budget showed that some departments are already struggling to implement their spending plans, the Chancellor was clear that he expected more...

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Preparing for outsourcing failures

, 19 April 2016

Three different outsourcing failures have hit the headlines recently. Seventeen Edinburgh schools were closed down after it emerged that private contractor Edinburgh Schools Partnership had botched their construction. It has also emerged that the Government has paid out millions in compensation to learndirect. Learndirect was frontrunner to win a new Driver and Vehicle Standards...

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In contempt? Witnesses before select committees

, 18 April 2016

Select committees rely heavily on the questions MPs ask of witnesses during oral evidence sessions. Departmental committees have a power to call witnesses (to ‘send for persons, papers and records’) which is delegated to them from the House of Commons. This means that they can compel witnesses within the UK (other than the Crown...

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Energy inefficiency

, 14 April 2016

Promoting energy efficiency has proved hard for governments. Everyone agrees it is a good thing – both for energy bills and to reduce CO2 emissions. But relatively few people care enough to fork out the cash upfront to take the measures needed. On paper the Green Deal is a rational policymaker’s dream: assess what...

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