Inspection & regulation

  • 5 Mar 14
    Public service outsourcing firms today said they were willing to start using open-book accounting and allow their contracts to be scrutinised by the National Audit Office
  • Cardiogram
    20 Nov 13
    The government's full response to the Francis inquiry report into Mid Staffs contains many welcome proposals. But squaring the quality and finance agendas is going to prove tough
  • 1 Nov 13
    Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says he wants to hear ‘uncomfortable truths’ from the Care Quality Commission in future. So how much is chief executive David Behan willing to tell him?
  • Pressure is mounting on David Cameron to convene a full-blown constitutional convention after an unparalleled near clean sweep by the Scottish National Party of Westminster seats north of the border.
    4 Oct 13
    There are stirrings of a new mood in Parliament – now MPs need to square up to the executive on tax and spend
  • 9 Sep 13
    The PASC has called for a new parliamentary commission on the future of the civil service. But a fresh inquiry will only be justified if it focuses on the nuts and bolts of how to make Whitehall...
  • Cash
    14 Jun 13
    The Treasury is reluctant to confirm how much the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards is costing the taxpayer, but it could be up to £1m. Let’s hope it proves worth the money