Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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The data could be incorporated into existing apps such as Google Maps

Ministers open floodgates to release official data

Move is part of a much bigger drive to open up swathes of government and local authority data

Cameron stands at the door of 10 Downing Street

Government cuts: This is where the axe will fall on public spending

Inside Westminster: You can’t bank savings without traumatic structural change

While a third of contracts were awarded to private firms, they only accounted for 5 per cent of the NHS’s overall budget

Management consultants are ‘making a killing’ from shake-up of NHS

Meanwhile, a third of NHS contracts go to private firms

Baroness Jenkin

Tory attitudes to poverty under fire amid benefit sanctions and Baroness Jenkin comment that poor 'don’t know how to cook'

Baroness Jenkin forced to apologise after blaming food bank use on culinary incompetence

House prices are due to rise by over 30 per cent by the end of the decade

New stamp duty could be stealth tax on middle classes, Tory MP claims

Dominic Raab warns that rising house prices could catch people out

Autumn Statement: Whitehall faces reform as George Osborne sees digital future

Government wants £20bn more in efficiency savings

George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons

Autumn Statement 2014: 'Complete reform' of stamp duty as Osborne slashes rate for 98 per cent of home buyers

Chancellor described stamp duty as a 'tax on aspiration'

Rupert Harrison, right, has worked for the Chancellor, George Osborne, since 2006

Key player: Rupert Harrison is the most important person in Government who you've never heard of

The Chancellor’s chief of staff possesses faith in policy even in the darkest times

About 1.7 million people are believed to be waiting for social housing across England

Social housing in crisis as right-to-buy depletes stock

Lib Dems say tackling deficit is ‘political priority’, with only quarter of replacement homes being built

The Government will have to borrow as much as £75bn more than it intended over the next five years, delivering a damaging blow to Chancellor George Osborne’s hopes of claiming that the Government has the country’s deficit under control

George Osborne’s cuts ‘risk putting UK in breach of UN Convention on children's rights’

Children’s Commissioner delivers damning appraisal of austerity drive

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