UK Government

The School Gates Should Not Be A Border Checkpoint

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Classrooms should be safe havens. They are places of learning, discovery and newfound knowledge. The good ones embody other values too - inclusion, equality between students and the right to access education free of discrimination. But quietly at the end of last year the Department for Education moved to change all that. Without consultation, let alone a debate in the House of Commons, it demanded schools record the nationality and birthplace of every child.

It Saddens Me Deeply But, Officially, I Never Actually Gave 'Birth' To My Son, Archie

Kym Marsh | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kym Marsh

If you look at the records, he simply doesn't exist, as if he was a somehow nothing more than a figment of my imagination. But he's so much more than that. And while Archie was only on this Earth for a few short minutes, he existed to me. He was, and will always be, my little boy and there's not a day goes by that I don't think of him. You see, according to UK law as it stands, a parent cannot be issued with a birth certificate if the child is born showing no signs of life before 24 weeks.

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

Business Leaders Are Losing The Authority To Lead

Charles Wookey | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Charles Wookey

Companies like Patagonia, Interface and Unilever have demonstrated that being purpose-driven not only earns you a reputation and respect from customers and competitors, but that it is also profitable, and can drive long term sustainable performance.

2017 Needs To Be The Year Major Improvements Are Made For People With A Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Ismail Kaji

There is a big opportunity with employment. As someone with a learning disability, I know the struggles of finding work. Employers rarely seem to see past learning disability on your application, and employers are not confident enough to employ people with a learning disability.

Can Social Innovations Meet The Challenge Of Ending Age Apartheid?

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

Ending age apartheid and promoting social integration between generations can help build a country for all ages, where we are united not divided. In Brexit Britain that must be an ambition worth sharing and pursuing.

Justice For Stalking Victims - At Last

Alex Chalk | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alex Chalk

At last, justice for victims of stalking. I am delighted that the Government is taking decisive action to strengthen protections for those targeted by this horrible, violating crime. The decision to double the maximum sentence from five to ten years doesn't just recognise the seriousness of this offence, most important of all, it gives the courts the tools they need to keep victims safe.

Do Democratic Practices Stunt Technological Growth?

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Kenyon

Politicians cannot ignore their voters to this extent and cannot embrace advantages of this. It is the mass unemployment issue that will cause most concern to politician's short-lived careers. Donald Trump cannot promise the Rustbelt States that voted for him that he would bring back jobs from foreign countries and replace these unskilled workers' jobs with machines.

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

DCMS' Review Of Full Time Social Action Is Very Welcome - But Long Overdue

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

Last week the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced an independent Review into full-time social action. It's a great development, and one ...

There Is Something We Can Do To Improve Social Mobility Right Now

Michael Mercieca | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

Last week, KPMG released employee data proving that businesses can increase social mobility. The statistics show that the efforts they've put in are b...

How Local Councils Are Still Failing To Give Appropriate Assessments To Those People Living With Parkinson's

Steve Ford | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Steve Ford

In light of the recent publicity around the ongoing crisis in social care, Parkinson's UK Chief Executive Steve Ford explains that local councils are ...

Bold Ambition As We Target Further Olympic Success At Tokyo 2020

Liz Nicholl CBE | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Sport
Liz Nicholl CBE

As we look ahead to Tokyo 2020, the Government has tasked us with building on the successes of London 2012 and Rio 2016 and that is why we have set a challenging aspirational goal that will motivate the high performance system to strive for even greater heights.

Britain Must Not Let Refugee Children Live In Hopeless Despair

Stella Creasy | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Stella Creasy

Whether Syrian, Sudanese, Afghan, Eritrean, Ethiopian or Oromo these are children caught up in conflicts not of their making. No one is suggesting all those seeking sanctuary in Europe should come to Britain, but we are saying we can and should do our bit to help.

All Talk And Maybe Some Action On The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

An extraordinary second Monday in December may have heralded long-awaited government action to tackle the care crisis. With more than a million older people not getting the help they need and cash-strapped local authorities squeezing fees to fragile care businesses, the care system seems close to collapse. Now all eyes are on the government's funding settlement for councils later this week. Will it simply allow councils to raise council tax to fund care or will it offer something more fundamental?

Should Happiness Be An Economic Priority?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

A double in a person's pay led to less than a 0.2 increase for their happiness on a scale of one to ten. In spite of that, love seems to be the key to happiness with the presence of a partner resulting in their happiness increasing by 0.6 on the same scale. Furthermore, having depression and anxiety resulted in a 0.7 reduction in happiness, alongside the loss of a partner impelling a decreasing plunge in happiness.

We Must Act Now On The Istanbul Convention

Laura Bates | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Bates

In June 2012, the UK government signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. But years later it still has yet to ratify the convention, which would bring into legal force measures, among others, requiring the UK to protect from and prevent violence against women, and to prosecute perpetrators who are nationals or resident in the UK - wherever they commit the act of violence... The longer the government drags its feet on ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the longer it seems to send the message that it is happier to pay lip service to the problem than actually taking concrete steps to solve it.

Does Evidence Make A Difference To People's Lives?

Nancy Hey | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Nancy Hey

There is strong evidence that brief music therapy is an effective way to support wellbeing in palliative care patients in hospitals. We also now know that there's initial evidence that music therapy has a positive effect on mood in post-stroke patients.

Why We Must Save Glasgow's Job Centres

Stewart McDonald | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Stewart McDonald

It's time for Ministers to get out of their grand offices, leave the ministerial car behind and come and see how difficult they will make it for thousands of Glaswegians to get to the Job Centre. Perhaps then they will see the damage they will inflict and think again on this extraordinary attack on Scotland's largest city.

Working With Arthritis - Make Your Voice Heard

Liam O’Toole | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liam O’Toole

As we edge closer to the end of year, the afternoons are getting darker and we're probably all feeling a bit run down and looking forward to a Christmas break. Your thoughts might not have yet turned to the New Year, but how are you feeling about 2017?

The Government’s Approach To Sexual Harassment In Schools Is Ignoring One Vital Factor

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The government’s approach to tackling sexual harassment in schools has further been called into question after leading charity warned smartphones we...

The Never-Ending Flood Debate

Louis Sherman | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

We therefore need to look at a far more holistic approach where flood management, climate change, communities and development are looked at as one and inter-linking. This simple development could start to create real change in flood-effected societies and how government prepares areas to flooding.

Post Autumn Statement, Where Next For The Campaign For Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

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.

Save Our Spaces: Our Public Land And Buildings Are At Risk Of Being Sold, Cut Or Shut

Tony Armstrong | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Our community spaces are in jeopardy. Parks, community centres, swimming pools, town halls, you name it; in one part of the country or another, many o...

Why The Chancellor's First (And Last) Autumn Statement Is A Poisonous Damp Squib

Chi Onwurah | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

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?