The National Audit Office (NAO) today published its initial evaluation of the Department for Transport and Highways England’s investment in England’s strategic road network. Tess Kidney-Bishop says the promising strategy is underachieving due to process failures and insufficient commercial capability, and highlights three key lessons for other infrastructure programmes.
Our All Change report lays bare the staggering amount of policy churn in three sectors: further education, regional government and industrial policy. At our report launch, panellists and the audience discussed the causes of churn in Whitehall, the implications for policymaking, and what can be done about it.
This time last week, Philip Hammond would have been looking forward to his first (and last) Spring Budget. Its reception may convince him to cut the jokes, but Jill Rutter argues the real lesson is that he needs a better way of making Budgets.
Most chancellors love Budget surprises. But, argues Stella Amiss, Head of Tax Policy, Regulation and Reputation at PwC, the challenge of designing a tax system for post-Brexit Britain makes this a good time to engage the public properly on tax choices.
In our second pre-Budget guest blog, John Whiting, the founding director of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), reflects on the recommendations in our Better Budgets report. His successor, Paul Morton, also asks whether simplification should become a new guiding principle for tax policy.
In January the Institute for Government, the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies published our Better Budgets report. In our first pre-Budget guest blog, Rhiannon Jones, Principal Policy Adviser at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), gives a business perspective on the need to reform the way we make Budgets.
Today’s Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC) report highlights cracks emerging in policing. But the police service has held up much better than others. Tom Gash asks: will it continue to do so, or are we mortgaging our safety?