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Autumn 2021

The UK border update

In December 2020 the UK and the EU reached agreement on the terms of their future relationship. Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, there have been changes in how the UK trades with the EU, and in relation to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland: the … Read more

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The UK border: preparedness for EU exit update

This memorandum supports the Public Accounts Committee’s examination of the government’s preparedness for ‘no deal’

Published:
27 Feb 2019
Houses of Parliament

The UK competition regime

The newly-created Competition and Markets Authority has made significant progress in improving how the UK’s competition regime works, and it is now more coherent than before. Business awareness of competition law, however, is low and while it has improved the robustness of its enforcement casework, the regime has so far not produced a substantial flow of enforcement decisions or fines.

Published:
5 Feb 2016

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme: A New Way to Combat Climate Change

Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, reported today that the Emissions Trading Scheme has brought about a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and that the Scheme has benefited the UK economy. He noted that, whilst some reductions were likely to have happened without the Scheme, most of the reductions were generated … Read more

Published:
21 Apr 2004

The use of sanctions and rewards in the public sector

This report contributes to the debate on incentivising public sector performance. It brings together the evidence on the effectiveness of sanctions and rewards (we commissioned Deloitte to conduct a review of the literature), summarises the results of our survey on their use in central government, and provides a practical guide on how to use them well. Discussions about how to lever greater levels of performance increasingly propose the use of these measures.

Published:
15 Sep 2008