17 July 2018

In a week dominated by Brexit and Trump, two dry reports about the UK’s public finances are unlikely to receive a lot of press coverage. But they pose a challenge to government that will endure long after Brexit, argues Martin Wheatley.

17 July 2018

A new report looks at the biases which influence politicians and officials when they make decisions. Government can use this new thinking to improve policy making, says Tom Sasse.

11 July 2018

Unless it raises taxes or loosens its borrowing rules, the Government will have to cut spending on other public services by nearly 4% to pay for the recently announced NHS ‘birthday present’, warns Gemma Tetlow.

05 July 2018

More than a third of the Government’s major projects look unlikely to be delivered on time and on budget. Aron Cheung says that with Brexit sure to impose further obligations, ministers should be realistic about their ambitions.

22 June 2018

The percentage of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests being refused by government has reached record level. Aron Cheung says Parliament must demand explanations.

20 June 2018

Graham Atkins sets out three tests to ensure that any new government review of private finance builds a better picture of whether it is good value.

18 June 2018

Gemma Tetlow argues that separating news of spending largesse from any serious attempt to explain where the money will come from makes it harder to make the case for necessary tax rises – or looser fiscal targets.

18 June 2018

The Government’s plan for a 3.4% increase in NHS spending is welcome as far as it goes but we need more detail, says Nicholas Timmins

14 June 2018

New civil service staff numbers show increases at the Prison and Probation Service, and spending on Brexit staff continuing to grow, says Gavin Freeguard.

05 June 2018

MPs are calling for a shake-up of the Minister for Women and Equalities role. Gavin Freeguard says that when it comes to equalities, government actions have spoken louder than the Prime Minister’s words.

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