Amber Rudd had to stand down, but the case raises questions about the quality of advice to ministers at the Home Office as well as the coherence of immigration policy. Benoit Guerin and Bronwen Maddox say her successor must sort these out.
The idea of a ‘hypothecated’ tax, raised specifically to pay for the NHS, is gaining increasing support. Gemma Tetlow argues that hypothecation is no substitute for a long-term, cross-party solution to the issue of how to fund health and social care.
Less than half of Freedom of Information requests are being granted, with responses often late. Aron Cheung argues that the Information Commissioner’s Office must continue to hold the Government’s feet to the fire.
A joint Institute for Government and British Red Cross event looked at how government responds to crises. Marcus Shepheard says Government needs to ensure local and voluntary resources are better engaged in every part of the country.