Some MPs, academics and student representatives have criticised Toby Young’s appointment to the board of the Office for Students. But what matters is how the board collectively performs and that it shows its independence from government, argues Daniel Thornton.
The Chancellor may break the pay cap for more public sector workers in the upcoming Budget. But he shouldn’t channel money into wages at the expense of solving the real public service pressures, argues Dr Emily Andrews.
The Government - along with the Chancellor - finds itself in a tricky political position ahead of this month’s Budget. The politics make it inevitable that many key decisions will be fudged, argues Julian McCrae.
Our latest Performance Tracker report finds government trapped in a costly ‘crisis, cash, repeat’ cycle of spending decisions. Dr Alice Lilly says there are three ways it can break out of this cycle —and there are signs of steps in the right direction.
Headlines on public services pressures are piling up, and pre-Budget calls for more cash are beginning in earnest. Dr Emily Andrews says the Chancellor faces serious constraints – and that spending more money can't be the only answer.
There are different workforce pressures in prisons and the police and the Government must use the data to make clear the specific problems it is trying to solve in different public services, argues Alice Lilly.