Results of an internal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office have revealed that several government departments are failing on their legal transparency obligations, with one freedom of information request to the Home Office delayed by 1,241 days – more than three years. The investigation, details of which have been obtained by Scrapbook, was triggered as a result […]

The Guardian today published a leaked email in which a close aide to Michael Gove fiercely rebukes attempts by a civil servant to obtain transparency from a charity paid £1,000,000 of taxpayers’ money to administrate Gove’s “new schools” programme. News of smoke and mirrors at the Department for Education will come as no shock to […]

Great spot from the eagle-eyed Amber Elliott over at Total Politics. In keeping with the “do as I say not as I do” attitude of senior ministers, Michael Gove is advertising for two speechwriters just two days after Francis Maude and Danny Alexander announced an extension to the civil service recruitment ban. The move to […]

In a snub to his departmental staff in June, Michael Gove handed the administration of the Conservatives’ flagship “new schools” programme to a charity established only nine months previously. Gifting a public contract worth half a million pounds to an untested body would – by itself – raise eyebrows. But what has really quickened pulses […]