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Winter 2021/2022

Financial modelling in government

Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision making. It is increasingly relying on these models with more data now available and an increased emphasis on evidence-driven decision-making.  Government last published guidance on modelling – the Aqua Book … Read more

Winter 2022

Investigation: Lessons from implementing IR35 reforms

Off-payroll working tax rules can apply if a worker (sometimes known as a contractor) provides their services to the client through their own limited company or another type of intermediary. The rules aim to make sure that workers who would have been an employee if they were providing their services directly to the client pay … Read more

Spring 2022

Financial sustainability of higher education in England

Higher education providers can have a fundamental influence on the future lives of graduates, with consequences for the national economy – but to do so they must be financially viable and remain sustainable. Providers are independent bodies, and the sector’s financial sustainability is heavily dependent on student fee income, top-up grant funding, and government research … Read more

Spring 2022

Investigation into the British Steel Pension Scheme

This investigation will set out the activities the Financial Conduct Authority has undertaken to regulate the financial advice given to members of the British Steel Pension Scheme, its plans for supporting steelworkers who may be entitled to redress, and the extent to which compensation is being delivered.

Spring 2022

Secure schools

In 2016, the Taylor Review of the youth justice system recommended reforms to youth custody, including the introduction of secure schools – which would be small local establishments, governed and inspected as schools – to replace other custodial provision for young people, including secure training centres (STCs). STCs were designed to accommodate and educate more vulnerable young people.   The government originally committed to establishing the first secure school in 2020, but it is delayed. Meanwhile, … Read more

Spring 2022

Management of the Border during the COVID-19 pandemic

This study will examine the effectiveness of the UK Government’s implementation of its COVID-19 measures relating to cross-border travel, including testing requirements, quarantine and checking of documents. It will focus on how well current policy (since Spring 2021) is being implemented but will not examine how or why policy decisions were made. The study will … Read more

Summer 2022

Sport participation

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is responsible for maximising participation in sport and physical activity. It is supported in this role by Sport England, an arm’s length body of DCMS, which aims to grow grassroots sport and help get more people active. During the past decade DCMS and Sport England’s approach has evolved through … Read more

Summer 2022

Progress combating fraud

Fraud against both businesses and individuals is a serious and growing problem in the UK. The Home Office (the Department) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are responsible for delivering many of the government’s objectives on combatting fraud. The Home Office is also developing a new Fraud Action Plan. This study will assess the effectiveness … Read more

Summer 2022

Electronic monitoring

Electronic monitoring (‘tagging”) allows the police, courts, probation, and immigration services to monitor an offender’s location and compliance with court orders and take action as necessary. In 2017, we examined The new generation electronic monitoring programme. HM Prison & Probation Service recently decided to suspend development of a new IT system intended to allow bodies … Read more