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Nigel Farage, UKIP's leader, outlined his party's 'direction of travel' in a speech on the role of the state at the Institute for Government.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage spoke out against outsourcing of public services in a speech at the Institute for Government on the role of the state.

In a speech at the Institute for Government, UKIP leader Nigel Farage raised the possibility of referendum's to decide government policy.

The FT profiles David Cameron's Number 10 operation in the wake of ex-SpAd Dominic Cummings' latest criticisms.

Oliver Letwin, Cabinet Office Minister, told the IfG how policy challenges are being tackled in new and innovative ways without the need for heavy state intervention.

Deputy Director Julian McCrae welcomes the creation of a new Treasury role - director general public spending and finance.

IfG Director Peter Riddell and Fellow Akash Paun appeared before the Public Administration Select Committee giving evidence on Civil Service impartiality in light of the Scottish referendum.    

Rachel Sylvester comments in today's Times that the current coalition row is not for show.

Today's Guardian leader, which focuses on the coalition row over education policies, mentions new IfG research released last week calling for 'rules of the game' on how the civil service should operate in the final year of coalition.

The Conversation assess the health of the coalition in light of the recent rows over policy between the two governing parties.

Peter Riddell was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The World at One in light of the coalition row regarding education policies on free schools and free school meals.

Two new reports from the Institute for Government have highlighted a lack of clarity around how Whitehall should work with the parties in the run up to the 2015 general election.

The IfG has called for clearer rules about how Whitehall should work with the coalition parties to avoid the risk of the civil service becoming politicised.

David Walker reports confusion among civil servants on providing advice to the governing parties in Coalition in the final year of the Parliament.

New 'rules of the game' are required to prevent the politicisation of the Civil Service as the Coalition enters its final year, according to new reports from the Institute for Government.

Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour reports nervousness among civil servants forced to rely on ambiguous rules governing parties' access to advice in the run up to the next general election.

Political correspondent Iain Watson analyses how the parties will work with Whitehall in the final year of the Coalition.

Working arrangements for civil servants in the final year of coalition should be clarified to protect them from accusations of impartiality, new IfG research says.

Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour consider factors affecting the outcome of the least predictable general election for decades.

Whitehall has chosen an existing civil servant to act as 'chief financial officer' looking at spending across all government departments, the FT reports.



This report focuses on how the Civil Service should work with the two coalition parties in year five of the coalition as each develops its policy plans for the next parliament. It considers the challenges likely to arise in the final year, based on evidence of how the Coalition has functioned to date, and suggests how these can be tackled.

The Civil Service has a crucial role in determining whether or not the next government will be set on the path to success or failure.


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