Tony Travers, director, LSE London
The National Audit Office has turned out to be one of local government’s best friends.
Northamptonshire CC dominated the news throughout August. The question of how the council can balance its books for 2018-19 remains work in progress.
Parliament’s summer recess has created a temporary lull in the (at least) 30-years war over Brexit.
There have been 17 housing ministers in the past 21 years
This week’s Brexit showdown at Chequers is revealing about the nature and style of British government.
The government’s announcement of 3.4% a year real terms NHS spending increases is remarkable for several reasons.
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry will, eventually, tell us a great deal about the nature of government and also about public sector contracting in the UK.
The government’s response to the implications for Northern Ireland of the result of Ireland’s referendum on abortion was to defend the principle that any decision on the future of abortion law in the North should be made by the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont rather than by the UK Parliament at Westminster.
The stand-off between the Scottish administration and the UK government at Westminster is a constitutional showdown of major proportions.
James Brokenshire is the third secretary of state with responsibility for local government and housing since Eric Pickles left office in May 2015 – and the seventh since David Miliband took over the equivalent role in May 2005. There have been just four chancellors of the Exchequer and four prime ministers since 2005.