Wednesday 28 October 2009

London | Highbury and Islington

News on the station forecourt work at Highbury and Islington, the planned removal of the 'temporary' Post Office building, and the less welcome eviction of some of the station's other traders.

Sunday 25 October 2009

Economics | Public sector reform | Flexible staff resourcing in central government

The Multi-tasking Methodology
Civil Service World, 10 September 2009

Defra has taken a leap into the unknown and abandoned the directorate structure that characterises Whitehall. The impetus for this rethink, says performance programme director Richard Price (also Defra’s chief economist), was the struggle to deliver the “rising expectations of ministers, the public and customers” in the face of a “steadily reducing headcount” - Gershon’s efficiency review recommended the loss of 2,400 staff). Ruth Keeling finds out about flexible staff resourcing – and its potential to cull consultants and short-term contracts.


Economics | Environment | Economics of sustainable development report published

The GES Review of the Economics of Sustainable Development was published this week. See our environment page in economics for details. The report takes a skeptical view of the current debate on sustainability, and finds a more fruitful approach in identifying the information decision-makers need on the social and environmental impacts of potential policies and investment projects.