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Governmental institutions make more informed policy decisions with FT insights

The FT assists a variety of organisations with unparalleled market intelligence; this includes many governments and political institutions

These groups require reliable journalism that offers them the facts, insights and reports that can help them adapt operations and inform new policies. 

With the FT’s comprehensive analysis, these institutions are better educated on a local and global level.

The FT is probably my main source of analysis of political decisions and of the issues for and against. It helps me to think about the wider issues that affect potential policies I might be working on and to see the bigger picture.

Adam WhitworthHMRC economist

This global perspective is vital for many areas of government. We spoke to a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway, who uses FT’s intelligence in their day-to-day work. 

The FT is an integral part of my role: diplomats get briefings but the FT is succinct, concise and to the point,” the official said. “If you are busy, you don’t have time for a lot of material - you need to know the essentials." 

I’m not interested in FT telling me the news. I know the news. I want the FT to give me the analysis. There is no point reading something that confirms my prejudices, I need the FT to inform me on why something has happened, what could have happened and what the repercussions and impacts are. Content like this challenges me and informs me in making policy.

David AndrewsHead of Organisational Department at Financial Reporting Council

Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter in the House of Commons, has held many positions in the Labour government, including posts in health, foreign affairs and environment. His research team require reliable and impartial insights to provide Ben with accurate information.

Ben is clear when describing the needs the FT fulfils: “I moved from the Guardian and Times to the FT when I was a Minister in the Foreign Office because the FT's foreign coverage was much better,” he told us. “I stayed with it because I still felt that if I read a paper a day, the FT would leave me the best-informed on politics and public policy.” 

The FT is trusted by a number of institutions for its authoritative information, rigorous editorial independence and for providing unbiased facts. In Ben’s words: the FT “doesn’t feed me a political line."

The FT often provided quicker, more insightful analysis than government briefings. The reliable, detailed and up-to-date reporting helps ensure I have a good idea what both the government and my own party are doing. This helps me draft responses to constituents on issues such as the EU, or the current issues in the Middle East and Ukraine with an informed position.

Ben BradshawMP for Exeter

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