The United Kingdom welcomes a new prime minister. The Institute for Government team – Dr Catherine Haddon, Tim Durrant, Gavin Freeguard, Aron Cheung, Lee Wratten and Melissa Ittoo – provide insight, comment and charts as events unfold.
More than a third of the Government’s major projects look unlikely to be delivered on time and on budget. Aron Cheung says that with Brexit sure to impose further obligations, ministers should be realistic about their ambitions.
MPs are calling for a shake-up of the Minister for Women and Equalities role. Gavin Freeguard says that when it comes to equalities, government actions have spoken louder than the Prime Minister’s words.
Brexit has prompted the first expansion of the civil service’s workforce for almost a decade, and billions of pounds of additional spending. But Lewis Lloyd says you would hardly know it, judging by the Government’s latest Single Departmental Plans.
The public sector is having to transform how it handles personal data, to comply with new rules coming into force this week. Aron Cheung says that this offers government an opportunity to think again about how it can use data effectively.
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.