More and more of the economic and social life of our country is moving online. Access to high speed broadband is now widely recognised as an essential service alongside water, electricity and gas. It has been a challenge to this, and previous, governments to roll out broadband in the countryside. We therefore welcome the Government commitment, expressed in last week's Autumn statement to invest £1 billion in broadband and mobile technologies.
Unlocking Public Unused Land For Housing Tackling Britain's Housing Crisis is one of the most challenging tasks faced by policymakers, politicians an...
In truth, there have always been favourite areas of the economy favoured and pushed by government. From George Osbourne's backing of self-drive cars, to his financial support for the Graphene Institute - the last government even went as far as to establish the Catapult Programme which specifically singles out half-a-dozen 'pet' areas of the economy for special investment.
As Britain prepares to borrow more than £215bn in the next five years, and with the economy is flux as the consequences of the Brexit vote unfold, can UK businesses afford to raise the National Living Wage? Simple maths says that if we produce more, we sell more, and the country as a whole will make more money. Here's five reasons why, if we can figure out the productivity problem, I say yes.
As Autumn Statements go, this latest one went leaving none of us much clearer about the future course for the UK economy.
The decision by the Chancellor to scrap the Autumn Statement altogether was also welcome - fewer Budgets will mean entrepreneurs can better plan for the future. We now wait for the weightier Spring Budget to see if Philip Hammond will take real action to cut the most destructive taxes and simplify incentives to boost UK entrepreneurship.
The substance behind the style of our Prime Minister is beginning to reveal itself. But she should turn to the luxury goods sector for more than her kitten heels. As within the stitch-work is woven national salvation.
A budgetary statement by the Chancellor is where it becomes clear that politics and economics are inextricably intertwined. So it was with this week's Autumn Statement.
Another Autumn Statement, another disappointing result for social care. No additional money, despite the protestations of a growing number of organisations and sector leaders. It is hard not to be despondent.
By the time the Chancellor got on his feet to deliver the Autumn Statement, expectations of any extra funds for care were very low. The fact that nothing was unveiled confirmed how far care still has to go to win political support.
If you set a goal, you'd like to achieve it. Sounds reasonable. How about if you don't make it? That can be useful as well. Take the Autumn rugby inte...
In a year where post-truth has come to dominate, we should take a step back, avoid self-inflicted damage, and do everything we possibly can to retain our membership of the single market. If not, this ugly truth will hurt for a very long time.
Yesterday was Philip Hammond's first big moment as Chancellor, the opportunity, before a country and indeed a world buffeted by shockwaves of change and uncertainty, to set out a compelling, reassuring and above all confidence building vision of our economic future. Well we didn't get that did we?
Leader's Report Jeremy Corbyn reported on recent activities and preparations for 2017, including a possible General Election. Jeremy said he had enjo...
Without extra funding for social care this promises to be a long hard winter for our health and social care systems. The most visible manifestation of the pressures caused by cuts to social care budgets is the rapid growth in delayed transfers of care from hospital. The September figure of over 196,000 delayed days was a record. A record in delayed discharges not in winter, but at the end of summer.
There was just one mention of "future generations" in Wednesday's Autumn Statement. The Chancellor announced that he was saving a large stately home from collapse for future generations. The fact that he was saving a home for the future was not lost on those of us working for a fairer deal for younger and future generations. It seems those to come will get a house - just not one that they can live in.