The Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry resumed last week after a two-month summer break and is back to grilling senior politicians. James Taylor says the investigators’ recommendations must look beyond the culpability of individuals and propose specific measures to ensure such scandals can’t be repeated.
The Government is reportedly considering an inheritance tax-exempt social care ISA. Lucy Campbell argues that both the policy, and the way it has been developed, show the Government is failing to deal with the challenge of social care funding.
In a week dominated by Brexit and Trump, two dry reports about the UK’s public finances are unlikely to receive a lot of press coverage. But they pose a challenge to government that will endure long after Brexit, argues Martin Wheatley.
Setting aside a telling-off by the National Audit Office and a stunt from Labour, Esther McVey has escaped unscathed from the Universal Credit row. Effectively she has not been held to account, says Benoit Guerin.
Unless it raises taxes or loosens its borrowing rules, the Government will have to cut spending on other public services by nearly 4% to pay for the recently announced NHS ‘birthday present’, warns Gemma Tetlow.
A joint report from two select committees has called for a cross-party parliamentary inquiry to reform social care funding. Lucy Campbell says this approach is the best chance to break the current political deadlock.