Power with Purpose: Final Report of the Commission on the Centre of Government

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The Institute for Government’s Commission on the Centre of
Government looked at why No.10, the Cabinet Office and HM
Treasury do not always work as well as they should and what
could be done to radically improve the centre of UK government.
This report is the product of a year-long research process
involving evidence from a wide range of practitioners and experts,
from former prime ministers to leading scientists, from senior civil
servants in the UK and overseas to leaders in local government,
the private sector and charities.
The work of the commission has benefited immensely from the
advice, insights and experience of our 16 commissioners. Our
analysis and conclusions are far stronger as a result of their input
to evidence sessions and our discussions over the past year.
We have, however, at no stage asked our commissioners to
personally sign up to all the conclusions and proposals set out in
this report. It reflects the views of the Institute for Government,
the chair and the deputy chair.
Period8 Mar 2024
Work forInstitute for Government, United Kingdom


  • Whitehall
  • Central Government
  • Cabinet Office
  • Governance