A sharp clash between the Commons Public Administration Committee and the Government underlines the need for a review of ministerial numbers and functions - to match the sweeping changes now happening in Whitehall.
After the damning Care Quality Commission report into NHS care of the elderly, I should probably just be glad that my mother emerged alive from her recent brush with the local hospital. But, since we are supposed to live in the era of what has been called "tripadvisor" government, I decided to try to give some feedback on her experience with the NHS. It's not as easy as it should be.
The Secretary of State for Wales recently announced the membership and remit of the independent Commission on Devolution in Wales. This is the latest in a string of moves that could radically transform the nature of the UK devolution settlement, and in particular the centralised nature of the country's fiscal constitution.
With the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s resignation as Cabinet Secretary, the role is now to be split from that of Head of the Civil Service for the first time in nearly 30 years. Dr Catherine Haddon examines the issues such a change might raise.
There are so many fringe events at party conferences, they can struggle to attract audiences. Not so the Institute's event on candidate selection in association with Policy Exchange at the Conservative conference, which was packed to the rafters and included in the audience Sir George Young, Leader of the House. It suggests we might have struck a chord in bringing this issue to the conference.