Policies

DfT’s smart-ticketing rail drive ‘falls short’ of original objectives

20 April 2017

National Audit Office investigation finds £120m-plus spent in south-east has so far led to just one train operator introducing flexible part-time season tickets

Oliver Letwin sets out to find ‘early wins’ for post-Brexit regulators

19 April 2017

Tory policy guru launches cross-party initiative to consider how post-Brexit regulations can support the economy, with support from former cabinet secretary Lord Butler and business leaders

Deal agreed to privatise Green Investment Bank

20 April 2017

Move will free the institution from public sector ownership, says minister

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

Catherine Brown interview: Food Standards Agency chief on modern regulation and the horse meat scandal

10 April 2017

Outgoing Food Standards Agency chief executive Catherine Brown believed she had a job with a low media profile until the horse meat scandal raced over the horizon. She tells Mark Smulian about the...

Government prisoner legal aid cuts judged ‘unlawful’ by Court of Appeal

11 April 2017

Rules introduced by ministers to stop legal aid being granted to prisoners in certain situations have been deemed unlawful by the Court of Appeal

Catherine Brown interview: Food Standards Agency chief on modern regulation and the horse meat scandal

10 April 2017

Outgoing Food Standards Agency chief executive Catherine Brown believed she had a job with a low media profile until the horse meat scandal raced over the horizon. She tells Mark Smulian about the...

MPs warn prison governor ‘empowerment’ could increase costs

7 April 2017

Justice Select Committee raises spectre of more fragmented services and weakened economies of scale from latest reform drive

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
 

Brexit: learning the lessons from the EU referendum

18 April 2017

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s report on the lessons from the EU referendum raises a number of important issues that deserve further attention.

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

Public Health England told to make better use of value-for-money data

21 April 2017

Review suggests priorities and spending decisions should be “more explicitly informed” by the return they provide on investment

Catherine Brown interview: Food Standards Agency chief on modern regulation and the horse meat scandal

10 April 2017

Outgoing Food Standards Agency chief executive Catherine Brown believed she had a job with a low media profile until the horse meat scandal raced over the horizon. She tells Mark Smulian about the...

UK Statistics Authority chair issues general election warning

25 April 2017
David Norgrove writes to ask parties to make sure their campaign materials don’t mislead the public

DfT’s smart-ticketing rail drive ‘falls short’ of original objectives

20 April 2017

National Audit Office investigation finds £120m-plus spent in south-east has so far led to just one train operator introducing flexible part-time season tickets

Deal agreed to privatise Green Investment Bank

20 April 2017

Move will free the institution from public sector ownership, says minister

UK Statistics Authority chair issues general election warning

25 April 2017
David Norgrove writes to ask parties to make sure their campaign materials don’t mislead the public

Schools using Pupil Premium cash to plug budget gaps, analysis finds

12 April 2017

Almost one in three headteachers are using their Pupil Premium funding to plug gaps in their school’s budget, research has revealed.

Revamped prison service starts work today

3 April 2017

Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service replaces National Offenders Management Service as Ministry of Justice takes over the commissioning and monitoring of prison and probation services

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

Sue Owen interview: the DCMS perm sec on her small department with big ideas

13 March 2017

With staff numbers and responsibilities growing, DCMS is undergoing something of a renaissance. Permanent secretary Sue Owen tells Suzannah Brecknell about the importance...

Phillip Hammond urged to end pay cap that "has cost civil servants £3,400 each"

6 March 2017

Continuing pay cap would mean up to 20% drop in average civil service earnings by 2020, union analysis reveals