22 March 2017

The Scottish Parliament will soon vote on whether to back the Scottish Government plan to request that Westminster devolves the power to hold a second referendum on independence. Akash Paun (naively) hopes this will mark the start of a positive dialogue between the UK and Scottish governments.

20 March 2017

Despite the devolution of fiscal powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the devolved governments remain dependent on the Treasury for most of their funding. But exactly how their budgets are calculated is often shrouded in mystery. Greater transparency would improve accountability, argues Aron Cheung.

20 March 2017

Pascal Lamy, former Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO), warns that a UK-EU free trade agreement will take five to six years. Oliver Ilott argues that the pressure of trying to agree a deal in two years means that government has to establish new, rapid processes for decision making in the negotiations

17 March 2017

One of the challenges facing ministers in departments is how to put aside rivalries and work as an effective team towards collective goals. In this blog, Ines Stelk looks at how they do it.

16 March 2017

The latest ONS data shows that cuts to the civil service are tailing off as it gets ready for Brexit. But Alice Lilly says we still don’t know how many civil servants are working in the department responsible for it, DExEU.

16 March 2017

Our All Change report lays bare the staggering amount of policy churn in three sectors: further education, regional government and industrial policy. At our report launch, panellists and the audience discussed the causes of churn in Whitehall, the implications for policymaking, and what can be done about it.

14 March 2017

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she would seek a second referendum on Scottish independence. Akash Paun explains what happens next.

13 March 2017

This time last week, Philip Hammond would have been looking forward to his first (and last) Spring Budget. Its reception may convince him to cut the jokes, but Jill Rutter argues the real lesson is that he needs a better way of making Budgets. 

10 March 2017

We set out seven key points for the industrial strategy to succeed. But Lucy Campbell and Graham Atkins say the Government still has some way to go to ensure it meets our criteria for success.

08 March 2017

Commentators noted the Chancellor’s relaxed and jokey style in the Commons today. But Jill Rutter and Alice Lilly argue that it signalled a welcome changed approach to Budgets.