UK Government

Tory Ministers Need To Wake Up To The Deepening Crisis In Care

Barbara Keeley | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Keeley

Jeremy Hunt's actions on delayed discharges have sent a clear message: that this Government is only interested in social care insofar as it helps relieve pressure on the NHS. It is time that Jeremy Hunt finally woke up to the deepening crisis in care created on his watch and argued for the extra funding needed to stabilise the care sector and fund a decent living wage for care staff.

50 Years Since The Partial Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality, And What Has The Government Done For Our Queer Youth?

Matthew Robinson | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK
Matthew Robinson

Pride, in many respects, is not a granted right, but a destination. It is a retrospective state attributed to a life lived through substitution. But if the government wants to create a society in which queer individuals are no longer forced to navigate this fractious divide, then they must start looking towards our youth.

Lord Neuberger's Salutary Warning

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Many recent bad court decisions cry out for revocation, but I wonder whether the current British government is even aware of the existence of this nuclear option, let alone courageous enough to use it.

Sleep-In Care Is As Important As Any Care - The Government Needs To Allocate Funding Accordingly

Wyn Williams | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Wyn Williams

As her father, not only does sleep-in care provide me with peace of mind both now and in the future, but knowing that she is safe and secure at all times gives that critical reassurance that any parent with a disabled child needs. Having someone there, on hand, should Non need care, provides a safety net for her and our family to know that she is protected and secure.

The 2017 Challenge For GCSE Students? Explaining What Their Results Mean

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

The real worry for every teacher though? Once the changes have finally come in, some bright spark in government might well decide to change the whole thing all over again. Politicians like changing things, you see. Sometimes though the best thing to do is leave everything well alone - and allow teachers sufficient time to become experts in what they're teaching.

Confusion And Worry Around Social Care In The UK Must Stop

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

In an ideal world, we'd all plan ahead for later life, both for ourselves and our loved ones. In reality, this isn't always possible and certainly isn...

Energy Independence: UK Legislation And Investment Drives Change

Stephen Irish | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Irish

Legislation is now changing with industry and consumer demand driving government decisions. As renewable energy increases it's share in the world's electricity mix, and as EV take up accelerates, battery energy storage technology will be a key enabler. In order to optimise energy, distribution and use, significant changes in business models and the approach to managing infrastructure will be needed.

Extending Free Movement - One Big Muddle But No More Certainty

Axel Antoni | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Axel Antoni

Whatever the new arrangement is called and whatever it entails though it does not deliver on what the government is hoping to achieve: certainty for employers. A new form of free movement post Brexit might be a reprieve but it does not tackle the main issues causing uncertainty in the first place.

What Air Quality Plan? Cynical Announcement Shifts Clean Up To Struggling Local Authorities

Craig Bennett | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Politics
Craig Bennett

You might have seen the headlines: Sale of diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned by 2040. That sounds like big news, right? The end of the combustion engine. But when you take a closer look at the announcement - is this just more hot air?

Building Trust In The Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry

Sarah Stanton | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Sarah Stanton

The announcement of the Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry by Theresa May on 11 July 2017 was overwhelmingly welcomed by the thousands of patients and...

Now Is The Time For Brave And Bold Action To Clean Up Our Air

Simon Gillespie | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

Air pollution is an invisible but deadly problem. Right now, the health of thousands of people across the UK is under threat from dangerously high levels of air pollution. It's a threat that requires immediate action.

A Nation Of Happy, Green Energy-Producing, Eco-Warriors

Baroness Jones | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

I will happily work with those Conservatives who can help edge Government policy in a truly green direction, but only a Green government will deliver fast and positive changes to create a nation of green energy producing, eco -warriors.

Time To Talk About The Weather

Angela Terry | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Angela Terry

On the 18th of July 2017, a four foot wall of water rushed through the seaside village of Coverack wrecking homes and businesses, just at the start of...

Our World Has Changed, Or Has it?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK
Dr. Bill Cloke

John F. Kennedy uttered the now famous words during his inaugural address "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your count...

The Innovation Revolution: How The North Is Key To Competing Post-Brexit

Roger Marsh | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Tech
Roger Marsh

Yet despite these significant opportunities, the North and Midlands are still lagging their Southern counterparts when it comes to official innovation measures. This is something the country must address if it is to successfully exploit the new ideas, skills and technologies that will cement Britain's place at the forefront of this fourth Industrial Revolution that's now underway.

Why I'm Happy To Pay My License Fee And Stand Up For The BBC

John Fitzpatrick | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
John Fitzpatrick

These are just some of the reasons why I am happy to pay my license fee and why it is such great value for money. Some people argue that the stars named into today's report could go to ITV and the BBC could find cheaper talent. This is an argument which is flawed because as the talent becomes more successful the more their commercial worth goes up.

Recovering From The Dementia Tax

Anna Dixon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

The Queen's Speech last month confirmed that social care reform is not dead, thankfully, despite the election debacle over the so-called dementia tax....

A Year On And Theresa May Has Delivered Nothing But A Weak And Wobbly Government

Andrew Gwynne | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Gwynne

One year of Theresa May is as good a proof as any that Britain is held back by the Tories. The failed politics of austerity have led to a crisis in living standards, millions of children living in poverty, and our health services brought to its knees. Theresa May has failed to deliver on her message of equality and fairness, and has let down working families across the country through her chaotic government.

Councils Cannot Deal With Disasters Like The Grenfell Fire

Bob Morgan | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Councils deal with housing issues, social care issues involving children and older people and people with disabilities. They deal with the collection of rubbish - planning applications and numerous other important local issues.

It's Time To Curb Pavement Parking

Paul King | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

It means you have no choice but to step onto the road, which I really hate doing because I'm totally blind and I worry not only about keeping myself safe but Oscar too of course. You can hear traffic coming, you don't really know from where, but you're very aware you're walking in the road. It's pretty scary let me tell you.

Vince Cable Can Carve Out A New Identity For The Liberal Democrats

Azi Ahmed | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Politics
Azi Ahmed

As leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable has an opportunity to re-brand the party. He will be starting with a clean slate and can carve out distinctive new policies. During the election, I left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats, but a lot of my friends, and people I talk to, are confused about what the party stands for.

How Can Prisons In Crisis Help People In Crisis?

Peter Dawson | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK
Peter Dawson

Prisons will always have to care for people who are suffering from a range of mental health conditions. Imprisonment will always do damage, and will always make recovery from mental illness harder. But why should we expect prisons to have to rise to that challenge for people who will spend only a few days or weeks inside, and in institutions that have space for only a fraction of the human beings they are asked to hold?

Terrorism, Community Safety, Police Cuts And Tower Hamlets

Ohid Ahmed | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ohid Ahmed

For the safety of all our citizens, we must see these cuts reversed nationally and locally. The public rightly need to be kept safe on our streets, and this is surely the most basic of duties that all of us expect from national and local government leaders alike.

How Theresa May And The Tories Can Learn From Robert Nesta Marley

Dawn Butler | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn Butler

This week marked the official State Opening of Parliament by the Queen. This was the Queen's 64th speech however this one was far from usual, with the new government on this occasion set to be propped up by the DUP. The Tories so often warned us about a coalition of chaos during the election campaign, but little did they expect to be talking about their own chaotic government.

The Queen's Speech Presents An Opportunity To Help Refugees - We Urge The Government To Grab It With Both Hands

Maurice Wren | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Welcome news that the proposed legislation and policies for the next session of parliament as set out in Wednesday's Queen's Speech included a new Immigration Bill and a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. These present real opportunities to improve the lives of refugees - and we so hope the government grabs them with both hands.