02 March 2017

Today’s Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary (HMIC) report highlights cracks emerging in policing. But the police service has held up much better than others. Tom Gash asks: will it continue to do so, or are we mortgaging our safety?

02 March 2017

Our new Performance Tracker report gives our verdict on government’s performance over the last seven years. But, as we say in the report, this is only the starting point. Improving performance means using knowledge of the past and present to make better decisions. At our public launch event, panellists and the audience turned their thoughts to the future. Dr Emily Andrews highlights the key points.

01 March 2017

The Government’s Efficiency Review was in the news yesterday. Julian McCrae argues that the review needs to reboot the Government’s approach to increasing efficiency, instead of just searching for £3.5 billion of extra savings.   

27 February 2017

In recent months, tensions between the Government and the judiciary have ramped up on both sides of the pond. Nicola Hughes looks at the relationship between ministers and the legal world, based on our Ministers Reflect interviews.

21 February 2017

Bronwen Maddox asks if the Trump presidency could actually make Brexit easier.

21 February 2017

The Government’s recent digital strategy says little about Brexit. Joe Owen says that technology should be front and centre of post-Brexit systems and services, but at the moment risks being seen as a distraction.

16 February 2017

Our recent Whitehall Monitor 2017 included a quick look at the grade structure of various departments. Alice Lilly finds the most junior grades have had the deepest reductions – but still account for more civil servants than any other grade.

14 February 2017

Figures from the Select Committee Data Archive Project reveal that women are still outnumbered on Commons select committees, despite a steady increase of female MPs in Westminster. Sophie Wilson looks at the numbers on gender balance of select committees since 1979 and what they mean for parliamentary scrutiny.

13 February 2017

The Government is continuing to bounce from crisis to crisis on health and social care. With the Budget less than a month away, the Chancellor must resist the temptation to simply dump more money into the NHS, argues Emily Andrews.

13 February 2017

The Treasury’s analysis of the Garden Bridge business case was made public by the Public Accounts Committee last week. Graham Atkins argues the whole episode raises concerns about the way the Government makes infrastructure decisions.