Election 2015

What decisions did the 2015 Government have to make in its first months, if it was to deliver on its ambitions? Ahead of the General Election, the Institute for Government published a series of briefing notes, set out below and in the left hand navigation, to offer practical advice for the government on its first 100 days. These cover key topics, from beginning work to deliver manifesto commitments to setting up the right structures to support ministers.

Making a strong start to government

Operating under a hung Parliament, and considering early decisions on Whitehall structures and appointments.

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Getting the centre of Whitehall into shape

Supporting the PM, co-ordinating departments and ensuring continued civil service reform.

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Being an effective minister

Good departmental management, strengthening private offices, and the need for better inductions and training.

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Turning policy priorities into effective change

Considering implementation, testing policy ideas, building in flexibility, improving evidence and addressing long-term challenges.

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Getting a better deal in outsourced services

Handling legacy issues, improving transparency and scrutiny, and developing commercial skills.

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Making quangos an asset not a liability

The roles and leadership of arm’s-length bodies, and the need for further reforms introducing a clear typology and regular reviews.

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