18 March 2019

Another of the Government’s biggest contractors has gone into administration because it took on risky contracts it couldn’t deliver, writes Tom Sasse.

13 March 2019

Marcus Shepheard argues that public inquiries are a vital public resource – providing accountability that protects the public from repeated harmful and costly failures

21 February 2019

The foreign policy establishment has raised eyebrows at new Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill’s decision to stay on as National Security Adviser. That is taking aim at the wrong target, argues Jill Rutter

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.

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