David Cameron has publicly stated he will not serve a third term, so regardless of the European Union (EU) referendum outcome, we can expect a change of Prime Minister before the end of Parliament. Catherine Haddon examines how changes of PM have occurred previously and how our constitution enables this to happen.
The announcement that Alex Chisholm has been appointed to head of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) completes the most recent round of permanent secretary appointments. It makes the top leadership of the Civil Service less diverse than it has been for several years. Jill Rutter and Leah Owen look at what has happened.
Following a review of the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) change programme, Daniel Thornton and OIiver Ilott explain how the Chancellor’s edict to do ‘more with less’ has manifested itself in Whitehall’s newest department.
The EU referendum, and the fallout from the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, are absorbing much government time. Given the scale of the issues involved, this is not surprising. But there are worrying signs that this is causing distraction at a crucial time.
The Chancellor’s eye-catching Budget measures, like the sugar tax, distract attention from some serious sleight of hand designed to deliver his 2019/20 surplus. Oliver Ilott and Jill Rutter argue that this sort of fiscal manoeuvring is not conducive to effective government.
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.
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.