Department Business Plans – new wine in old bottles?

The Coalition government has announced today (8 Nov 2010) a series of ‘Departmental Business Plans’, following up on the Spending Review announcements last month. These plans are supposed to be “revolutionary” in several ways. But this ‘revolution’ is more spin than substance, with much of what they are doing simply following in the footsteps of previous governments – Conservative as well as Labour. Continue reading

University Fees and Muddled Motives

On this morning’s Today programme Education minister Michael Gove – reputedly a man of great intelligence – maintained that raising University tuition fees to nearly 3 times their current level for some Universities would have absolutely no effect on levels of applications from students from lower and middle income backgrounds. Continue reading

Finding previous Spending Reviews

Since the change of government, much of the content of the Treasury website has been taken down and archived – but finding it is not easy.

Below is a link that will take you here, to the archived Treasury webpages where you can find all the previous Spending Reviews. If that doesn’t work, copy and paste the link below into your browser:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100407010852/http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/spend_index.htm

I haven’t tried all the links to the previous Reviews, but the ones I have sampled all seem to work. If any don’t, please let me know as I’m pursuing this with HM Treasury and the National Archives as a serious practical breach of freedom of information. If you search for Spending Reviews on the Treasury or the National Archives website you can’t find them directly.