The gender balance of the civil service has improved markedly in recent years – but even as Antonia Romeo takes over as DIT permanent secretary, Alice Lilly and Gavin Freeguard say women are still underrepresented in senior roles.
In May, metro mayors will be elected in six of the city regions that have secured devolution deals. Lucy Campbell argues that mayors will be able to wield soft power to shape the futures for their local areas.
As negotiations on establishing a devolved government in Northern Ireland continue, the deadline for a deal inches ever closer. Aron Cheung says Northern Ireland could head back to the polls if no agreement is reached by Monday.
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.
The Scottish Parliament will soon vote on whether to back the Scottish Government plan to request that Westminster devolves the power to hold a second referendum on independence. Akash Paun (naively) hopes this will mark the start of a positive dialogue between the UK and Scottish governments.
Despite the devolution of fiscal powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the devolved governments remain dependent on the Treasury for most of their funding. But exactly how their budgets are calculated is often shrouded in mystery. Greater transparency would improve accountability, argues Aron Cheung.
Pascal Lamy, former Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO), warns that a UK-EU free trade agreement will take five to six years. Oliver Ilott argues that the pressure of trying to agree a deal in two years means that government has to establish new, rapid processes for decision making in the negotiations