12 September 2018

The Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry resumed last week after a two-month summer break and is back to grilling senior politicians. James Taylor says the investigators’ recommendations must look beyond the culpability of individuals and propose specific measures to ensure such scandals can’t be repeated.

11 September 2018

Boundary Commissions proposals would reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. Some fear this would decrease challenge to government from its own backbenches by increasing the proportion of MPs subject to government patronage. But, says Hannah White, the debate is stymied: it is hard even to find out the true size of the 'payroll' vote.

04 September 2018

Disagreements about how the House of Commons runs itself - about Private Members’ Bills, divisions, proxy voting and bullying and harassment - featured heavily in media coverage of Parliament before the summer recess. Hannah White warns that MPs seem oblivious of how bad this must look to the electorate.

03 September 2018

As Parliament returns from recess, Maddy Thimont Jack looks at a tense autumn in Parliament and says the high drama will kick off in the House of Lords.

28 August 2018

An Institute for Government Freedom of Information request has found the key mechanism for driving ‘no deal’ Brexit preparation in Whitehall: the ‘EU Exit Inter-Ministerial Group’. Joe Owen explains how it works, and who is in it.

23 August 2018

The Government is laying out how the country can prepare for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. But Tim Durrant says this is only the beginning of no deal preparation – big questions remain over citizens’ rights and, of course, the Northern Ireland border.  

23 August 2018

The Government is reportedly considering an inheritance tax-exempt social care ISA. Lucy Campbell argues that both the policy, and the way it has been developed, show the Government is failing to deal with the challenge of social care funding.

07 August 2018

Concerns have been raised that we will leave the EU with only a vague idea of what the future relationship looks like. But that has always been the case, as it suits the Government quite well, says Tim Durrant.  

31 July 2018

Jeremy Hunt has been packing in the trips in his first weeks as Foreign Secretary. This could signal a more active role for the Foreign Office on Brexit, but Jill Rutter is not encouraged so far.  

26 July 2018

Tuesday’s pay announcements will be welcomed by the millions of public sector workers who have seen their incomes squeezed over the last eight years. But deeper problems remain, says Dr Emily Andrews.

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