Ministers Reflect: new interviews launched today

, 23 March 2016

Today’s release includes fascinating interviews with Westminster veteran Kenneth Clarke, champion of green Conservatism Gregory Barker and leading Liberal Democrat David Laws. They shed further light on what it’s like to be a minister, relationships between politicians and their officials, and how to do the job well. All seven interviews are worth a read...

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Parliamentary scrutiny of the EU: lessons from the Norwegian Storting

, 22 March 2016

Norway shows us that even the parliaments of nations who are not members of the European Union need to think carefully about how they engage with EU issues, in order to promote their country’s interests and scrutinise the way their government pursues those interests. As a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and...

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What next for Universal Credit?

, 21 March 2016

Universal Credit has been plagued by a variety of problems since its inception. The original timetable was hugely overambitious – suggesting Universal Credit would be delivered in just four years, whereas, according to the current timetable, it will have taken double that by the time it completes in 2021. It was being designed and...

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The challenges ahead for major government projects

, 18 March 2016

The Government’s Major Projects Portfolio – worth over £500 billion – contains 149 of the biggest and most risky projects. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) was set up to challenge and support departments in delivering these major projects. Today’s PAC report says the IPA must ‘maintain its focus on project assurance and support’....

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The Civil Service is 18% smaller than in 2010. Now what?

, 18 March 2016

In this week’s Budget, the Chancellor set the government some new challenges: around 70 new measures to implement (including complex reform of the education system), and a further £3.5 billion in ‘efficiency’ savings to find. This work will be done by a Civil Service that has shrunk by 18% since 2010, and will continue...

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The role of Whitehall in a more devolved England

, 17 March 2016

How will Whitehall be involved in future devolution? Devolution deals between government and local areas have so far been signed in eight places. As panellist Will Garton, Deputy Director of Local Government and Reform, Public Services, at HM Treasury, reminded the audience, the devolution agenda encompasses more than just devolution deals – for example,...

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