Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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A Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) was established by ministers in the Cabinet Office

Ministers turning to behavioural psychology to tackle policy problems

Behavioural experts could be behind a host of new Government initiatives based on psychology

Thousands of people have taken advantage of the scheme

Ministers preparing to slash subsidies paid to households which install solar panels

The move is an attempt to rein in runaway spending on renewable energy schemes

The Prime Minister delivering a speech at Ninestiles Academy in Birmingham, where he said that new Government legislation will include powers to put non-violent extremists who radicalise young people

David Cameron extremism speech: Muslim leaders give their views on the PM's plans

The PM set out a strategy to tackle 'poisonous ideology' of fundamentalism

Muslims perform the Friday prayer during Ramadan on the Brune Estate in London in 2013. David Cameron acknowledged many young Muslims feel alienated from wider British society

David Cameron: We must end Muslim 'segregation' to tackle 'scourge' of extremism

The PM set out a strategy to tackle 'poisonous ideology' of fundamentalism

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon addresses a meeting at Chatham House on UK-US naval cooperation on July 15

Michael Fallon hints that Government will take military action against Isis in Syria

Defence Secretary suggests ministers favour legitimising operations

David Cameron will suggest that young Muslims are drawn to fundamentalist Islam in the same way young Germans were attracted to fascism in the 20th century

David Cameron launches 5 year-plan to tackle Islamic extremism in Britain

'It is an extreme doctrine subscribing to intolerant ideas'

Labour leadership hopefuls, from left, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn on the BBC

Andy Burnham: I’d serve in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet if he becomes Labour leader

'I think he’s said things in this contest that are important and people have responded to, clearly'

Camila Batmanghelidjh claims the Government tried to silence her with a £3m grant

Kids Company: Children's charity received £3m grant 'against the advice of civil servants'

The organisation has been accused of financial mismanagement

Ministers were warned that they faced a collapse in care services for the elderly

Cap on price of care for the elderly shelved amid warnings of 'cataclysmic' collapse in services

Decision understood to be partly result of proposed minimum wage increase

Jeremy Corbyn at Duncombe Primary School in his north London constituency

Labour leadership contest: Senior party figures forecast doom after Jeremy Corbyn surge

The veteran left-wing MP has drawn level with Andy Burnham in the race

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