Commons select committees had more than 300 parliamentary inquiries into government policy and spending underway when the election was called. Dr Hannah White says the unexpected election will inevitably disrupt committee scrutiny of government.
On the 4 May six city regions will elect metro mayors. Lucy Campbell says they will need to focus on building effective relationships with ministers and MPs rather than rely on big personalities and local authorities to fulfil their ambitions.
Despite all the general election excitement, departments still need to get on with business as usual – which includes responding to requests for information. Aron Cheung says the latest FoI data shows signs of improvement in departments' response times, but a worrying trend in the percentage of requests that are being withheld.