UK Government

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...

Philip Hammond's Comments on Migrants Risk Legitimising Xenophobia in the UK

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

On Sunday, the UK's foreign secretary Philip Hammond spoke candidly on the Calais situation, and more generally Europe's 'migrant crisis'. In a series of comments made in Singapore, he decried a situation where "Europe can't protect itself, preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa."

How Does FE Fit in With Government Skills Plans?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

The government's plans for improving skills in Britain are ambitious and wide-ranging. The Chancellor's briefing document, "Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation," explains in a little over eighty pages how this is to be done.

The First 100 Days: Missed Opportunities for Children and Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Too many young people struggle to live up to their potential because of the situation they were born into. The government didn't create this problem, but some of the changes introduced in their first 100 days will make it harder to overcome.

The Truth Is We're Delivering More Jobs, a Stronger Economy and a Brighter Future

Chris Grayling | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Grayling

It's understandable that Yvette Cooper is trying to get some headlines as her leadership rivals surge ahead in the polls. It's just ironic that she's chosen to do so by accusing the Conservatives of misleading people - when the truth is we're delivering more jobs, a stronger economy and a brighter future for our nation. It's just the same old Labour - they've no plan for the future, whoever ends up leading the party.

Major Projects Authority Annual Report, 2015: The Departmental Picture

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

Having looked at what the Major Projects Authority's Annual Report 2015 tells us about major projects across government, our attention turns to what i...

Yes, Lords Reform is Needed - But so is Caution

Alan Grant | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Our democracy, like every political system across the world, needs reform and will always need reform but before we throw the bathwater out, let's make doubly sure we've removed the baby first.

Staff Reductions on the Horizon: Charting Civil Service Staff Numbers

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

One of the visual challenges we face on Whitehall Monitor is having to chart a large number of departments - at least 16, depending on the data. That...

Immigrant Crisis is an Opportunity to Right Some Wrongs

Simon Wallfisch | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Simon Wallfisch

If we only approach this crisis in a humane way, let people in, we will certainly find future national treasures. Strength of character; Strong will; Determination; Intelligence. These are welcome gifts to any employer.

Gavelling the Goals: Job done ... now the work begins

Helen Morton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

The road from Rio, in June 2012, has been difficult to navigate. But it has also been creative, and, ultimately, constructive. We now have a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will shape how we view, and do, development for the coming decade and beyond. So, what are the wins?

I Dislike Jeremy Hunt Because...

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Ellis-Gage

Jeremy talks a lot about seven day working in his speech. He seems to think that this is a new concept that nobody has thought about. He must be strolling around feeling rather proud of himself. Well I have news for you Mr Hunt... we already work weekends.

Tackling Taboos and Keeping Young People Safe: Why We Need Compulsory PSHE Now

Ashvini Rae | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ashvini Rae

We need get to past our squeamishness and talk about sex and relationships more openly in our society. If these topics are a taboo, sex education suffers and young people know less and less about the issues that directly affect them, which makes them less able to make good decisions for themselves and ultimately less safe.

Where Do the Lib Dems Go From Here?

Mark Oaten | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

As MPs head off for the summer break this week, one man with little time to rest will be newly-elected Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. No lazy days by a Tuscan pool, I'm afraid, as he has less than two months before his first party conference and a big test ahead as he leads the Lib Dem fightback.

The 'Struggle of Our Generation' Needs a Suitable Strategy for Our Generation - 'Prevent' In Its Current Form Sadly Isn't

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

Mr Cameron's speech was never going to please everyone, but has made a good number of those he was reaching out to feel even more alienated.

New Postgraduate Support is Just Government Scheming

Rachel E. Brown | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel E. Brown

Postgraduate education in the UK remains a luxury most of us cannot afford. On the continent however, German and Swedish postgraduates continue to receive state funding and pay little to nil in course fees. In fact, a Masters is considered fairly standard if you went to university in these countries.

The Big Society Failed So Let's Join the 'Small Revolution' and Make This Country Lean!

Danny Bartlett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

I recently organised a series of events at Wayra, Telefonica's digital accelerator, on what compelling solutions the UK's entrepreneurial community ha...

Government Housing Policy: A Step in the Right Direction to Solve Housing Crisis

Simon Thomas | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

So, here we are. After months of speculation, manifesto pledges, and - finally - the general election, the new government is in place, and their house...

Why Auntie ‎Matters

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gavin Devine

‎The BBC has many fans and many adversaries. Those who'd like to see it change include other media outlets, led by Sky and the Mail, and right-wing politicians who believe that Auntie is stuffed with Guardian-reading granola eaters (although it is always worth noting that some on the left see her as fundamentally reactionary).

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.