Dominic Cummings has become the big story of the Johnson administration – but that shouldn’t let his boss off the hook, writes Jill Rutter.
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.
As civil servants across Whitehall begin to brief their new secretaries of state, Jill Rutter warns of the risk that they fetter their potentially unwelcome advice to the new Government.
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.
The United Kingdom welcomes a new prime minister. The Institute for Government team – Dr Catherine Haddon, Tim Durrant, Gavin Freeguard, Aron Cheung, Lee Wratten and Melissa Ittoo – provide insight, comment and charts as events unfold.
Labour’s insourcing policy deserves thoughtful engagement – but it also underlines how future governments need to base decisions on better evidence, argues Tom Sasse.
Developing the civil service’s specialist skills is vital for delivering both Brexit and the next Government’s domestic priorities, argues Benoit Guerin.
The tax system is in need of reform and barriers in the way of change can be overcome, says Dr Gemma Tetlow.
Theresa May is trying to secure a legacy beyond Brexit but – like all prime ministers – she will only be remembered for what she did before announcing the date of her departure, says Tim Durrant.