If ministers are serious about higher education, they should take on board the recommendations of the recent Lords inquiry into the OfS.
What is a public body review?
The Maude review will be an important reference document for whoever lives in No.10.
There has been some promising progress in improving the public appointments system, but it remains vulnerable to abuse.
Establishing new public bodies – what have we learnt?
Practitioners and experts from economic and trade bodies discuss the lessons from their experience of setting up new public bodies.Watch the event
How the public appointments process is run and who plays a role in it.
Gina Coladangelo’s role as a departmental non-executive director has exposed the growing need to clarify rules around appointment and conduct.
Public debate concerning the appointment of Ofcom’s chair has raised questions about whether this is a doable job.
How the government can make future abolitions succeed.
Government should trust public bodies to lead in crises.
Major reform is needed for government to respond to crises like the pandemic while simultaneously delivering long-term policy goals.
Government should be more specific about what it wants public bodies to deliver and where it can do without them.
Public bodies deliver a public or government service, though not as a ministerial department.
The Declaration on Government Reform published in June 2021 committed the government to “commence a review programme for Arm’s Length Bodies".
How public bodies' objectives are set, and the funding and other constraints within which they must operate.
How public bodies are scrutinised and held accountable for performance, as well as how they can be directed by ministers.
A royal charter is a document issued by the monarch that gives independent legal standing to an organisation.
How government uses regulation to achieve its objectives and how rules can most effectively be designed and implemented through regulators.Find out more
The government’s proposed rail reforms lack sufficient detail to guarantee success.
The UK and devolved governments must make complex trade-offs more collaboratively or risk a repeat of DVLA’s pandemic troubles elsewhere.
This readout summarises a private roundtable organised at the request of DCMS, to support its consultation Data: A new direction.
What is Ofcom and what does it do?
Ofwat is the economic regulator for the water and sewage sectors in England and Wales. But how does it work?
Ofgem is the public body responsible for overseeing the electricity and gas markets.
What is the UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA)? What does it do? How is it organised?
What is the Financial Reporting Council? What does it do? What powers does it have?
Our recommendations for increasing the effectiveness and accountability of arm's-length bodies.
Our report looks at what is needed for effective relations between government departments and arm’s-length bodies.
What recommendations the next government should act on to truly reform arm’s-length government in the UK.
A deeper look at this obscure category of government bodies, which cover organisations from the Royal Mint to the National Crime Agency.