UK Government

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

Tax Credit Cuts Will Hit Single Parents Hardest

Octavia Holland | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We are very worried the cuts to tax credits put a further barrier in place for these single parents who want to support their families in work. Because if upping your hours, or winning that promotion means you lose more tax credit cuts than you gain in pay, taking that next step might not make financial sense.

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Civil Service Staff Numbers Q2 2015: Down, But Not as Much as Expected

Emily Andrews | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Andrews

Today the government announced a fall of almost 8,000 in the number of civil servants (full-time equivalent - FTE) in the last quarter (March to June), although many of them may well still be doing the same job in a government-owned or private company...

How Much for a Pint of Electricity? A Solution to Expensive Energy Prices

Tom Hitchings | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Hitchings

No-one in their right mind would design today's energy market. It is complex, confusing and counter-intuitive. It benefits energy companies, at the expense of the British public, who are routinely overcharged by expensive tariffs. It's time for the government to force retailers to charge a single unit price.

Healthcare Is Not Just for Doctor's Surgeries... It Is a Workplace Issue

Karen Steadman | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Karen Steadman

When we think of people with health problems, we usually think of hospital wards and doctors surgeries. Actually, a more realistic view is people on t...

In A Historical First MI5 Chief Makes Public Plea For More Surveillance Powers

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Tech

MI5 chief Andrew Parker has called for increased support from US tech companies like Google and Facebook in helping them to track the communications o...

How Young People Are Saving the World

Philip Goodwin | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending the first ever Youth Summit in London, organised by the UK government's Department for International De...

Would You Sleep in a Slum?

Katy Gough | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gough

Going on one of these tours, sleeping in a favela guesthouse or having dinner in a tourist friendly favela restaurant does offer an alternative to mainstream Rio. So, would YOU spend a night sleeping in a slum?

How the Trade Union Bill Has Just Crushed Worker's Rights

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Hinchcliffe

There isn't a problem with the trade union movement in the UK, and the government is trying to fix something that isn't broken for purely ideological reasons. Surely if the government wanted to come across as the 'party of working people', they should start acting like it at least.

People With Multiple Sclerosis Say the Benefits System Is Harming Their Health

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK
Michelle Mitchell

Living with a chronic, disabling neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis is not just hard - it's expensive. We know that many people wi...

The Week That Was - Three-Year-Olds on the Beach and Four-Year-Olds on the Doorstep

Helen Morton | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

This week, my social media feed has been dominated by two images; four-year-old children on the doorstep - ready for their first day at school, and a three-year-old's body on a beach. The same images shared by the same people on consecutive days. Parents posting their ultimate image of hope and pride alongside fear and shame.

The Government's Trade Union Clampdown Is Unfair and Unnecessary

Professor Karen Middleton | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
Professor Karen Middleton

Industrial relations work best when there is constructive, respectful dialogue between both sides in the common interest and a new parliament was an opportunity to reset relations and begin new discussions. Instead we got this senseless legislation that is built on soundbites, stereotypes and straw men.

David Cameron Is Wrong: Businesses Should Speak Out About the EU

Gavin Devine | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Businesses have a legitimate right to be heard, and for them to express a view would add practical experience and good sense to the debate. And so shutting up the business lobby is probably impossible, and would be stupidly counterproductive. The Prime Minister's advisers, not for the first time, are wrong.

Securing Children's Safety in a Digital World

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

There can be no greater mission than to protect children and enable them to use the internet to learn, dream, create and communicate without fear. Together we can help end sexual exploitation of children online and give them the future they deserve.

Punishing Dissent: Whistle-blowing Is Inconvenient But Must Be Protected

James Coe | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
James Coe

Whistle-blowing is perhaps the greatest safeguard to the rule of law, it is a fundamental part of how democracy works.

Disarming DSEI: Arms Dealers And Despots Descend on London

Andrew Smith | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

It's less than two week until one of the world's biggest arms fairs, Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), rolls into London. The biennial event (taking place 15-18 September) will bring thousands of arms companies representatives together with mercenaries, generals and military delegations from some of the worst dictatorships in the world.

An Attack on Renewables Is an Attack on the Young

Piers Telemacque | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Imagine if the government took the money it spends on war and fossil fuels and spent it on developing a vibrant renewable energy industry instead. At the moment they're doing the reverse. They're backing the interests of big oil and gas over the interests of young people.

Some Real Case Studies to Help Us to Understand Benefit Sanctions

Heather Rolfe | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Politics
Heather Rolfe

What do real claimants have to say about their experiences of this system, and are they as grateful as Sarah and Zac? Evidence from case studies collected by our evaluations of two programmes suggests they are not. Sanctions rules are understood, but do not appear to be helping claimants to find work.

Is Corbynomics Too Good to Be True?

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

What makes me nervous is the way Corbyn and his allies are flourishing QE as though it solves all economic problems at a stroke. Using the power of money creation is not something that can be done irresponsibly; it must be subject to two important constraints.

If Labour Attacked the Tories Like They Attack Corbyn, They'd Be in Office Now: Instead, They're in Turmoil..

Karl Davis | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

I always believed that Labour had lost it's fight because it had lost sight of it's purpose. I was wrong. The party machines remains acutely aware of that purposes, it just chooses to ignore it. The three mainstream candidates have united to show only too clearly that their fight is still within them, it is still bristling.

100 Days In - For GPs the New Government's Prognosis Isn't Looking Good

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

As a GP you learn to gather facts rather than jumping to conclusions. So what's the underlying truth of the health challenges in London?

The Rising Costs of Care Homes

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

As families realise what is going on - that they are being expected to pay more and more for care themselves - this will become one of the big political issues in the lead up to the 2020 election. Generations of older people are being let down by the very government they voted for.

The Impact of Calais on Traffic in Kent Is a Symptom of Long-term Issues That Demand Better Than Short-term Fixes by Government

Richard Burden | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

It's not only in politics that a week is a long time. Last week our TV screens were dominated by scenes long queues of stationary lorries stacked up a...

In Every Single One of These First 100 Days, We Have Put Children at the Heart of What We Do

Edward Timpson | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Edward Timpson

I'm proud of what we've achieved over the past 100 days, building on major reforms to improve child protection and support for children in care. But this is no time to rest on our laurels - it's very much a beginning. After all, this isn't just about the changes we can make in a given number of days, it's about making changes that will have a positive effect for years to come...