14 March 2016

Oliver Ilott argues that George Osborne has made life more difficult for himself in the upcoming Budget, by failing to get a grip on £117bn-worth of tax expenditures.

10 March 2016

George Osborne has warned that weaker than expected economic growth means that he 'may need to undertake further reductions' in next week’s budget. Oliver Ilott looks at the Chancellor’s options.

26 February 2016

The Government wants to implement a vast policy programme, but last week’s publication of the Government’s Single Departmental Plans (SDPs) suggests it no longer believes that transparency about priorities and progress will help achieve its mission. Julian McCrae argues that, while this is disappointing, some good may still come out of the SDP process.

02 February 2016

The Government had planned to publish its Single Departmental Plans in January, but there is still no sign of them. Julian McCrae argues that these plans are a big opportunity to set out how the Spending Review will be delivered, and it is important the Government manages to publish credible versions sometime soon.

28 January 2016

The Government’s Financial Management Review envisaged a new strategic role for Whitehall’s finance function. Two years on, Julian McCrae looks at progress, prospects and what other reform initiatives can learn from this experience.

21 January 2016

The public finance numbers for December are due to be published tomorrow, showing the latest top-level figures for tax receipts, spending and the deficit. Julian McCrae looks at what we know about how spending has fared so far in 2015/16, and what this means for the fiscal plans.

04 January 2016

Treasury Permanent Secretary Sir Nick Macpherson is standing down at the end of March – after ten years as the Treasury’s most senior official. News of his departure is being accompanied by plaudits from colleagues and those he served. We have yet to be told how his successor will be chosen. But, as Jill Rutter explains, it’s an important choice – both for the Treasury and the country.

26 November 2015

Spending cuts have turned out to smaller than George Osborne signalled. Daniel Thornton and Oliver Ilott explore the implications for Whitehall.

17 November 2015

George Osborne today announced that seven more government departments had reached spending settlements with the Treasury, with an average cut of 21% of their resource budgets by 2020 – but that figure hides a lot that won’t be revealed until 25 November. Based on what we know so far, Daniel Thornton asks: what will the impact of these reductions be?

09 November 2015

George Osborne today announced that four departments – the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and the Treasury – will have their resource spending cut by 30% up to 2020. Daniel Thornton looks at what that means in practice.