The idea of a ‘hypothecated’ tax, raised specifically to pay for the NHS, is gaining increasing support. Gemma Tetlow argues that hypothecation is no substitute for a long-term, cross-party solution to the issue of how to fund health and social care.
Less than half of Freedom of Information requests are being granted, with responses often late. Aron Cheung argues that the Information Commissioner’s Office must continue to hold the Government’s feet to the fire.
A joint Institute for Government and British Red Cross event looked at how government responds to crises. Marcus Shepheard says Government needs to ensure local and voluntary resources are better engaged in every part of the country.
As London navel-gazes, the other EU member states are busy forging a future without the UK. The longer we take to decide what Brexit means, the more likely we are to be left behind, argues Tim Durrant.
Parliamentary support for staying in a customs union with the European Union is now the biggest threat to the Government’s handling of Brexit. The Government should make its arguments for leaving in much more detail – or use Parliament as a reason to change its view.
Amber Rudd’s statement to the Commons on Windrush does not draw a line under the issue of the Windrush generation. Marcus Shepheard argues that if there is to be accountability, then the Home Affairs Select Committee must get answers – and not just from her.
A year ago, the Prime Minister called a general election in the hopes of getting a majority to help her get Brexit through Parliament. But Jill Rutter says that her failure to adapt parliamentary tactics after the election result is an even bigger own goal.
The UK Government has referred the Scottish and Welsh EU continuity bills to the Supreme Court. Akash Paun and Christopher Caden argue that this will do little to resolve the underlying problem of poor relations between the UK and devolved governments.
Millions of EU nationals living in Britain will need to apply for ‘settled status’ after Brexit. With tight timelines and groups needing help with their application, Joe Owen argues that Home Office belligerence must end.