In recent decades, the boundaries between the worlds of electoral politics and supposedly independent regulatory agencies have become blurred. The legitimacy and accountability of independent regulators is increasingly being called into question in some high-profile policy areas. The relationship between regulators and politicians was the subject of the final event in the Institute for Government and City of London series on government and regulation.
If ministers are serious about higher education, they should take on board the recommendations of the recent Lords inquiry into the OfS.
Jeremy Hunt’s tax cuts have been funded by further tightening public service budgets.
Four new devolution deals shows promise for the government’s devolution agenda.
The government needs to be clearer about how it is organised while the cabinet secretary is on medical leave.