Miscarriage of justice: why government needs to take care in implementing social justice policies

, 20 June 2014

Today’s Public Accounts Committee report on the “fiasco” of personal independence payments, the new non-means tested benefit designed to replace Disability Living Allowance, shows why implementation matters when dealing with reforms which affect the most vulnerable members of society.

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New blood for select committees

, 19 June 2014

The Commons select committee system has just received a further injection of new blood in the person of former GP, and Conservative back-bencher, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. What does her election as the new Chair of the health select committee tell us about the way the system is changing?

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No means what? Proposals for further devolution after Scotland’s referendum

, 19 June 2014

As the independence referendum draws near, the three pro-Union parties have published a joint statement in support of further devolution in the event of a no vote on 18 September. This follows the publication of separate proposals by the three parties over recent months. The joint statement highlighted the areas of crossover between the...

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Pre-Shuffle: The Real Deal with Cabinet Reshuffles Under Cameron and Blair

, 18 June 2014

With both the European and local elections, and the Newark by-election, out of the way, political attention – and media focus – has shifted to a possible Cabinet reshuffle.

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Government savings: the figures behind the headlines

, 17 June 2014

Last week, the Chancellor and the Minister for Cabinet Office announced that the Government had saved £14.3bn compared to spending levels in 2009/10. Given the wealth of information that the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) have put into the public domain, we can take a more detailed look at the numbers.

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Flood risk management: Now is the time to be innovative

, 17 June 2014

Now that the winter floods of 2014 have receded, many victims will continue to piece their livelihoods back together over the coming weeks and months ahead. Some hard questions are being posed about the extent of flood defence spending, particularly following the budget announcement when a further £140 million was apportioned to it. This...

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