For all the progress on localisation made by some ministers, the centralising instinct still lurks within Whitehall’s bosom
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And how do we improve that quality? A pamphlet by David Willetts’ former spad may have some answers.
How does its record look when set against the aims that Iain Duncan Smith set out to the Centre for Social Justice?
For an example of how not to pursue reform, one need not look beyond our own shores
Now a flooding blame game is underway, what is the best way to quench public anger, unite ministers and demonstrate Government activity?
Before groaning about Iain Duncan Smith’s grand project, it’s worth considering what it is and how it came to be.
About £180 billion is spent on remunerating public sector workers each year. Any deficit reduction needs to take that number into consideration.
If some of the growing pains can be tranquilised, the Government’s digital agenda could become one of its most significant legacies.
Over the last three years, I have had front line roles in the Treasury and DWP. I learnt a lot – not just about policies but also people and processes.
Whitehall reform isn’t just about ministers versus civil servants, but also ministers versus backbenchers
I know, I know – I’ve talked about Whitehall reform once today, which is already unhealthy. But there is actually cause to… Read more »
The small stuff that’s preventing the Government from delivering the big stuff (such as Universal Credit)
This isn’t exactly a boom time for that commodity called “government competence”. After the National Audit Office’s uncomplimentary prose about the delivery of… Read more »
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. For all Francis Maude's ultra-modernising views, his Conservative roots run very deep: after all,… Read more »
“Us? Encourage Stephen Hester to stand down? Nah, really? You mean the RBS Stephen Hester, right? Pffft, nothing to do with us…. Read more »
First, fewer Special Advisers. Now, a record number. But where’s much of the growth? Step forward, Nick Clegg…
By Lewis SidnickFollow Lewis on Twitter The departure of Steve Hilton and Andy Coulson from Downing Street received widespread media… Read more »
Reform by accretion: Why the Spending Review probably won’t deliver a Whitehall Big Bang, but a Tory majority might
This is the fifth and final article in ConservativeHome’s week long series on the Spending Review, and follows those by Peter… Read more »