The UK’s ‘backstop’ for the Irish border, its version of the insurance policy if every other option fails, contains a vague time limit. While it may initially seem like a victory for the Brexiteers, it leaves three big issues outstanding, argues Tim Durrant.
Brexit has prompted the first expansion of the civil service’s workforce for almost a decade, and billions of pounds of additional spending. But Lewis Lloyd says you would hardly know it, judging by the Government’s latest Single Departmental Plans.
The public sector is having to transform how it handles personal data, to comply with new rules coming into force this week. Aron Cheung says that this offers government an opportunity to think again about how it can use data effectively.
Amber Rudd had to stand down, but the case raises questions about the quality of advice to ministers at the Home Office as well as the coherence of immigration policy. Benoit Guerin and Bronwen Maddox say her successor must sort these out.
A joint Institute for Government and British Red Cross event looked at how government responds to crises. Marcus Shepheard says Government needs to ensure local and voluntary resources are better engaged in every part of the country.