BGI Papers

The Better Government Initiative (BGI) was active from 2007 to 2018. You can find all of its publications, freely accessible, here.

The Grimstone Review of Public Appointments: Evidence to PACAC

Written evidence offered by the BGI regarding concerns that key recommendations made by the Grimstone Review into public appointments could lead to a shift from appointments based on merit to appointments based on personal and/or political … [Read more...] about The Grimstone Review of Public Appointments: Evidence to PACAC

Evidence to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information

Written evidence offered by the BGI suggesting that in order to allow proper public scrutiny of the legislature, factual information that has played a part in the development of policy should be made available as soon as a policy is announced. … [Read more...] about Evidence to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information

Evidence to the PACAC inquiry into English votes for English laws and the future of the Union

Written evidence offered by the BGI regarding procedural matters in developing a new constitutional settlement and the implications of the continuing use of the Barnett Formula to set public expenditure levels in Scotland.  … [Read more...] about Evidence to the PACAC inquiry into English votes for English laws and the future of the Union

Summarised Report on a Discussion of “The Next Government”

Summarised minutes of a discussion regarding the BGI’s recently published The Next Government with principal speakers Lord Falconer, Lord Butler, Sir Richard Mottram and Dominic Grieve MP. Includes both speeches delivered by the principal speakers … [Read more...] about Summarised Report on a Discussion of “The Next Government”

Evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee on “A New Magna Carta”

Written evidence from the BGI to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee's consultation on “A New Magna Carta ”, the formal creation of a new constitutional document. … [Read more...] about Evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee on “A New Magna Carta”

The Deployment and Development of Senior Civil Servants

An outline of the five key steps the BGI recommended to overcome serious deficiencies in the deployment and development of senior civil servants. The recommendations relate to the appointment and working of the CEO, recruitment from private-sector … [Read more...] about The Deployment and Development of Senior Civil Servants

Evidence to the PASC on Civil Service Impartiality and Referendums

Written Evidence from the BGI to the Public Administration Select Committee's inquiry into the impartiality of the Civil Service, and compliance with the Civil Service Code, in relation to the independence referendum in Scotland. The evidence relates … [Read more...] about Evidence to the PASC on Civil Service Impartiality and Referendums