The plans announced in the 2017 Budget may help to tackle Britain’s housing shortage in the long term. But in the short term, the extension of Help to Buy and the abolition of stamp duty for first-time buyers is good politics but poor policy.
Dave Penman condemns “cowardly move” of politicians criticising DWP official instead of ministers
Philip Hammond’s decision to not set out plans to lift the pay cap for civil servants has placed the government on a collision course with its own staff
Trade unions blast chancellor for failing to alleviate pressure on the civil service as it delivers Brexit
New commitments to move powers out of Westminster were the bright spots in a Budget speech that didn’t address some of the key challenges faced at the frontline of much public service delivery
New measures will reduce lag on claimants' receipt of benefits payments from six weeks to five
Departmental allocations from new tranche of Brexit cash to be agreed “in early 2018”
Pilots to develop new public value frameworks will be taken forward next year
Additional powers for the new Homes England among raft of housing policies announced in 2017 Budget
Civil servants ‘should consider public borrowing plans for infrastructure – even if not government policy’
Report by MPs concluded that departments did not show ministers risks of different possible funding schemes for Hinckley Point C nuclear scheme
Trade union bosses warn against treating officials like “faceless bureaucrats” and fingering them with blame over Brexit talks
Social Security Advisory Committee chair Paul Gray on its unique role and how Whitehall can learn from history
The former second perm sec in the Department for Work and Pensions-turned benefits advisor has been both poacher and gamekeeper in Whitehall. He shares the lessons from both sides of the fence, including for Brexit, with Richard Johnstone.