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.

05 November 2015

In our latest Women Leaders event run in partnership with EY, Lady Justice Hallett, Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, discussed diversity in the legal profession with newly-appointed Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton. Alex Bleasdale reflects on their conversation.

02 November 2015

As the Spending Review announcement on 25 November approaches, the Prime Minister has said that he wants to create a “smarter state”. Recently, an expert panel at the Institute for Government gave their verdict on what this might look like and what the Government can do to achieve it. Jonathan Pearson analyses the discussion.

29 October 2015

Current Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood seems to fit more into a day than is humanly possible, and his predecessor was GOD (that’s Gus O’Donnell, by the way). But could the students of today do even better? The second annual Institute for Government Essay Competition seeks to find out.

01 October 2015

The Civil Service used to be a career for life. But it now it recognises that it both needs to give those it recruits young more flexibility, and be able to attract and retain talented people who started their career elsewhere – especially if it is going to fill gaps in commercial and digital skills. Jill Rutter highlights the issues.