20 December 2018

The Government admits it works to secret spending plans, rather than the published Single Departmental Plans. Martin Wheatley and Tom McGee argue that we need to see proper plans, not empty spin.

18 December 2018

By deciding to change the accounting treatment of student loans in public spending totals, the Office for National Statistics has given Philip Hammond a fiscal headache. Martin Wheatley says it is time for government to stop using misleading accounting to flatter the numbers.

14 December 2018

After an 18-month delay, the Government is due to publish its immigration white paper next week. Joe Owen argues it should scrap the migration target and finally be honest.

10 December 2018

Interserve is the latest Government contractor to run into trouble. The Government must fix the way it manages the outsourcing market, says Tom Sasse.

27 November 2018

The National Audit Office says the planning of government spending risks being “trapped in a cycle of short-termism”. Martin Wheatley says next year’s Spending Review must bring this to an end.

21 November 2018

Amber Rudd – the new Work and Pensions Secretary – wants to sort out Universal Credit. Emma Norris says she will have to start by reversing the defensive response to honest criticism of the project.

08 November 2018

A disturbing pattern of poorly-briefed Home Office ministers is emerging. Benoit Guerin says that to reverse this trend, the forthcoming review of the department’s processes needs to focus on improving advice.

29 October 2018

The Chancellor hasn’t ended austerity. And he’s also missed the opportunity to have an honest conversation with the public about how he plans to pay for public services, says Gemma Tetlow.

25 October 2018

Philip Hammond’s Budget must more clearly articulate his ambitions for reducing public borrowing. This would lay the groundwork for a more serious public conversation about the scope for public spending and the need for tax rises, argues Gemma Tetlow.

25 October 2018

Philip Hammond must use the Budget to set out a radically different way of running the next Spending Review. Otherwise it will unravel painfully, argues Martin Wheatley.

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