The government may be talking tough on criminal justice, but Nick Davies argues that current plans don’t address how to improve standards in prisons and will leave a hole in their budgets.
Both Conservative and Labour Party conferences saw a proliferation of health and social care policies which are full of unanswered questions and skewed priorities, writes Freddie Wilkinson.
With Brexit leaving plans for a serious three-year spending review in tatters, Martin Wheatley is encouraged to see the Treasury still showing some focus on how best to spend public money.
The newly-announced independent review of the High Speed 2 rail line is asking the right questions, but Graham Atkins says its short timescale means the review is unlikely to shift the debate
Sajid Javid’s talk of a simpler, more efficient tax regime is welcome, but it will be harder to achieve in practice than the chancellor's comments suggest, says Gemma Tetlow
A last-minute rush of activity in the days before Parliament rises is an age-old government tactic – and one which is bad for effective scrutiny and transparency, argues Joe Marshall.
With the Government’s fiscal rules either expiring or simply being ignored by the incoming Prime Minister, Gemma Tetlow says the new Chancellor must quickly set some fiscal targets to guide the Johnson administration
Ongoing budgetary uncertainty means Sajid Javid must quickly decide whether to attempt a full spending review this year, says Martin Wheatley.
Nick Davies assesses the new Prime Minister’s early promise to reform a wide range of public services.
Labour’s insourcing policy deserves thoughtful engagement – but it also underlines how future governments need to base decisions on better evidence, argues Tom Sasse.