UK Government

The Civil Service in 2015 - In Seven Charts

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

A great deal has been written about diversity in the Civil Service in recent weeks (not least the Institute's own report on women and Whitehall since ...

Under 25 and Undervalued?

Abby McGrory | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abby McGrory

During the Conservative Party Conference this week, Government Minister Matthew Hancock stated that under 25s "are not as productive, on average" and so won't have the minimum wage rates raised for them. Speaking as an under 25 year old, I find the claim to be both infuriating and very disappointing...

If You Want to Change the Government's Mind, Petitions Are Not the Answer

Richard Lambert | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Richard Lambert

Since the Budget in July - where the Chancellor proposed to restrict mortgage interest relief for individual residential landlords to the basic rate o...

No Charity Campaigning = No Progress

John Tizard | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
John Tizard

Every so often and with seemingly increasing frequency, the siren voices of parts of the media and certain politicians demand that charities cease campaigning. Some of these voices actually go further and demand that the Government passes legislation to silence charities.

Labour Can Govern in 2020 If They Capitalise on Tory Failures

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Hinchcliffe

While opposing austerity, protecting the right to strike and installing a living wage are all things the public can get behind, Labour's strengths will come in highlighting Tory weaknesses. If the government carries on with damning cuts to public services and making working people worse off, #JezWeDid may have governmental relevance in 2020.

National Badger Day on 6 October - Celebrating Badger Patrol Volunteers

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

On most weekday nights at 2am I am usually tucked up in bed, but this one was different - I was walking around the countryside in the pouring rain, a...

Tipping the Balance - How Consumer Action Creates Conditions for Governments to Change

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade campaigners in London © Matt Alexander I had just read Michael Hobbes article on the futility of ethical consumerism to end sweatshops. H...

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.