Policies

Bright ideas: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

25 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical...

Department for International Trade ‘risks overstretching itself’

18 May 2017

Think tank warns post-Brexit trade deals will require a step-change in Whitehall culture with the creation of a new “trade negotiator” profession as a priority

What will Brexit mean for Defra?

13 April 2017

Untangling the UK’s complicated relationship with European environmental policies and subsidies could be the hardest part of leaving the EU. Mark Rowe reports

NHS hack: Lessons for the civil service from WanaCrypt0r cyber attack

16 May 2017

Last week's cyber hack exploited weaknesses in widely used computing systems across the public sector, particularly the NHS. Leaders need to get better at evaluating the small risk of very serious...

Catherine Haddon: Pre-election policy pains

4 May 2017

Whitehall can still face tricky decisions during an election and the purdah period can create problems – as demonstrated by the High Court battle over air quality guidelines

MPs want to beef up civil service code to tackle "revolving door"

25 April 2017

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee wants to see the civil service code amended to prevent potential conflicts of interest as government pushes for greater...

Civil Service Commission appoints five new members

24 April 2017

Commissioners will oversee recruitment into the civil service and sit on selection boards for top posts
 

Department of Health backed in purdah row

25 May 2017

UK Statistics Authority says NHS Improvement does not have to publish quarterly performance figures before general election

Election 2017: UKIP pledges to create new Department of Health and Social Care and abolish DfID

25 May 2017

Party’s manifesto promises “an end to wasteful public spending programmes” and a drive to make HM Revenue and Customs crack down on big corporations’ late payments to small firms

Bright ideas: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

25 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical...

Environment researchers gagged during general election

23 May 2017

Over-zealous application of 'purdah' rules are having worrying consequences for environmental discussions, argues Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment...

Former civil service chief Lord Kerslake: ‘Pretty much every department is at risk’ of cyber attack

17 May 2017

Government should look ‘very seriously’ at investing more in both cyber security and training, as investigation - and finger-pointing - over WannaCry continue

Running to catch up? How the public and charity sectors are more similar than you think

25 May 2017

Dan Corry, former special adviser and head of the charity think tank NPC, argues that the public and charity sectors must learn from each other as they face joint challenges of capacity,...

Charities using own funds to subsidise public sector contracts, research finds

24 May 2017

Two-thirds of charities who have contracts with the public sector need to use their own funds to deliver these contracts, according to think tank NPC

Dave Penman on life and taxes

24 April 2017

Momentous life events remind us why the last thing we need is politicians playing fast and loose with our public services