Working to make government more effective

Explainers

Our explainers cover key subjects relating to our work, setting out key facts and figures and answering the most important questions about government.

What is a budget? How are general elections called? What does the cabinet secretary do?  

From topical explanations of cabinet reshuffles or new legislation to the details of parliamentary process or important government institutions, our explainers are easily digestible short-reads.

Compiled by our experts and constantly updated, our explainers cover key subjects relating to our work, setting out key facts and figures and answering the most important questions about government.

Explore our explainers

Filter:
Displaying 1 - 10 of 584
24 MAY 2024 Explainer

Dissolution of parliament

Dissolution is the formal term for the end of a parliament. It occurs ahead of a general election for a new parliament.

23 MAY 2024 Explainer

Select committees

What are select committees? Who is eligible to sit on them? What happens to select committees when a general election is called?

22 MAY 2024 Explainer

Calling a general election

Elections have to be held no more than five years apart, but the timing of elections are otherwise determined by the prime minister.