It’s often difficult to work out the evidence behind government announcements – whether we’re talking about reforming schools or changing the tax system. Jen Gold says this matters more than ever, given mistrust underlined by Brexit and Trump victories.
Populist politicians have spent the last few months taking pot shots at central bankers. Jill Rutter argues that the Office for Budget Responsibility may be next in the firing line – and Ministers will need to defend its integrity.
Next week’s Autumn Statement will be an opportunity for a fiscal reset post-Brexit. But Jill Rutter argues the Chancellor should also use his speech to set out a new (and better) approach to making tax policy.
Richard Branson’s healthcare group, Virgin Care, has been awarded a £700 million contract to run essential NHS services. Chris Wajzer says two things must happen to make sure people benefit from this deal.
After hinting that the UK was set to have new runways announced in Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham, the final decision on where to build new airport capacity is delayed by another year. Emma Norris says this underlines the huge problem politics poses for infrastructure decision making.
The Government finally published the evaluation of David Cameron’s flagship Troubled Families programme. It has generated the expected headlines about waste. Jill Rutter argues that ministers need to take the right lessons from this experience – but there is a risk that they will take the wrong ones.
The Department for Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) failure to manage the uncertain costs of low-carbon electricity subsidies could lead to an overspend of nearly £1bn. Oliver Ilott sets out the wider lessons for government.
In April 2016, Nehal Davison, from the Institute for Government, concluded that big reforms to improve policymaking in New Zealand had reached a ‘critical transition point’, which risked tailing off. The New Zealand Prime Minister’s recent endorsement signal that the reforms are on track, says public servant and guest blogger, Sally Washington.