In the UK, when the Government has to respond to an ongoing situation such as the current cost-of-living crisis, there is an assumption that the Opposition will also be taking action. Headlines like this in the telegraph are common in my experience.
Sir Keir Starmer ‘missing’ over cost of living crisis
While this is happening the Government is also responsible for bringing forward plans and taking action.
"My message to families today is: we will have those options ready to go," Mr Zahawi said.
What I'd like to understand is what resources are available to the different parties in order to make these plans? Does the government have the whole civil service on-call to investigate options? Does the opposition have any capacity made available to them? Do both just work inside party political structure, keeping everything in house until given to the permanent civil service to execute?