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.
Last week’s election in Northern Ireland has resulted in unionists, for the first time ever, losing their majority in the devolved Assembly at Stormont. Aron Cheung says the result will impact the government in Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole.
Today the Institute for Government publishes a new Ministers Reflect interview with Lord (Jim) O’Neill. Dr Jo Casebourne looks at what he has to say about his experience as ‘the guy that was driving the Northern Powerhouse’ from his time as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in 2015-16.
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?
Our new Performance Tracker report gives our verdict on government’s performance over the last seven years. But, as we say in the report, this is only the starting point. Improving performance means using knowledge of the past and present to make better decisions. At our public launch event, panellists and the audience turned their thoughts to the future. Dr Emily Andrews highlights the key points.