UK Government

The Government's Latest Capitulation to Take Up to 3,000 Refugees Is Welcome - But Simply Not Enough

Tim Farron | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

If I was cynical I'd remark on the fact that this latest announcement comes just days before a crucial vote in the Commons which would force the Tories to take 3000 vulnerable child refugees from Europe and it seems that the Government are trying to buy off MPs ahead of that. Of course the Government's latest capitulation to take up to 3,000 individuals from the Syrian region over the next four years is welcome but it is simply not enough.

Learning Through Culture

Rosy Greenlees | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosy Greenlees

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Live In The Countryside? We Have Some Bad News About Your Broadband

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Tech

People living in rural 'notspots' could now miss out on the government's pledge to give everyone a minimum broadband speed of 10 Mbps by 2020. Ministe...

A Pension Is Not a Benefit

Jacqui Wright | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jacqui Wright

The good news is that the government have admitted that they did in fact enforce this action a bit too quick without giving enough notice to everyone concerned, but it's not going to change the retirement age. But it has been mentioned that maybe some women can retire earlier on a reduced pension, but nothing concrete yet, so let's hope this gets resolved at last.

Panama Papers: Time for Ultimatums

Joshua Virasami | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Joshua Virasami

With the Panama Papers the jig is up. Austerity's proposed logic, which has always been flawed, is now null and void. The public, in an extremely public fashion, now have proof of how the rich have robbed the poor.

Forcing Schools to Become Academies Is a Distraction From Real Problems and a Huge Danger to Our Education System

Kevin Courtney | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

Schools and parents are facing a chronic teacher shortage, a lack of school places, chaos around curriculum changes and primary tests and a funding crisis. But instead of dealing with these very real issues the Government is pursuing a top down re-organisation of education that has no basis in evidence to support it.

Why Justin Trudeau Makes Me Want to Be a Canadian

Rachel King | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Rachel King

I often think about where I'd move to if UKIP ever got voted in. I like to have a back up plan. And to be honest, every time this government shits on ...

Fuel Subsidy: Roadblock on the Way to Innovation

Toby Peters | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Peters

The Government is asked to support environmentally friendly technologies every day. It's called on to invest in renewable generation and to subsidise electric vehicles. But in this case, it could actually make money while helping clean alternatives to diesel to flourish. It seems like one of the simpler decisions that the Chancellor would have to make this week.

Living With the Living Wage

Beth Britton | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

Wait and see if social care providers fail, or put in some extra money to help councils pay the true cost of care. There is precious little understanding of what care provision really costs, and regardless of whether a provider has a profit making model or a not-for-profit model, the true cost of care is one that is greatly undervalued. The living wage will help to ensure that staff are more valued in the future, but without providers to work for that will be irrelevant.

Why Britain Should Scrap Democracy in Favour of Sortition

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If campaigning for a Brexit with Vote Leave has taught me anything this year, it is that democracy isn't all that it is made out to be. Horse-shoein...

The Government Strategy to End Violence Against Women and Girls Needs to Be More Than Words on a Page

Sarah Champion | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

Violence against women and girls is one of the most pressing issues of our day and these words are very welcome. However, as we have seen before, encouraging words are not always followed by appropriate action.

An Alternative Budget

Stewart Hosie | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Stewart Hosie

From the SNP benches, the real opposition, there will be an alternative. An alternative that prioritises investment, exports, productivity, innovation. That seeks to support our key industries like manufacturing and oil and gas. And that seeks to do manage the economy in the interests of all, and not the few.

Save Our HIV Support Services

Ian Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ian Green

By cutting public health budgets in-year by £200 million, the government has put enormous pressure on local authorities to make significant savings. Worryingly these savings are surfacing as cuts to services for people living with and at risk of HIV, leaving the more than 103,000 people in the UK living with a long team health condition with reduced local support facilities.

Bipolar - Hello From The Other Side

Sharon Sutton | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

For all of the people that think Bipolar is some sort of mental health illness that is 99% depression, well from my point of view it isn't 'all that'. Yes I have my down days but I'm lucky because most of mine are 'up' days - or whatever you would like to call them.

Why Have You Not Acted, Mr Cameron?

Sarah Champion | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

We need to make sure that victims are supported to become survivors and that the process of disclosure does not become another horror for them to endure. These are not big asks, they don't cost very much - indeed the costs in not implementing them are much greater. So why have you not acted on them?

The Misery of Grande Synthe: It Is Time for UK to Act to Bring Children to Safety

Mike Adamson | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

We believe our government should proactively examine asylum claims for vulnerable families in Grand Synthe with young children and a UK connection. By working closely with the French Government, we can accept asylum transfers through discretionary clauses in a mechanism known as the Dublin regulation.

Staying Powers

Baroness Eluned Morgan | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Eluned Morgan

As a Peer, I sit in a gilded, centuries-old institution replete with its opaque methods of determining membership. Should we really be throwing stones at an organisation that has had less than 60 years to establish itself? Yes, the EU is far from perfect, but it needs ongoing and constant reform to adapt to the needs and requirements of our age.

Why Is There a Teacher Shortage in England?

Alex Dyer | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Alex Dyer

Without a serious re-think about how we encourage new teachers to get into the profession, perhaps coupled with a radical change in approach to the education system as a whole, it is sadly likely that the shortage of teachers England will only become more of a problem.

Waiting Times - Bipolar Disorder

Sharon Sutton | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

The delay in getting treatment can be disastrous with people self harming, becoming more anxious, crisis' can occur and people just aren't getting the help that they so very desperately need which in turn puts a massive strain on the patient and also (possibly) their families.

Making the Case for Science: An Interview With Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

Alex Jackson | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Alex Jackson

Following in the footsteps of eminent scientific figures like Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford is no easy feat, yet two months into his five-year presidency at the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is taking it all in his stride.

UK Government Must Listen to Scotland and Bring Back Post-Study Work Visas

Margaret Ferrier MP | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Margaret Ferrier MP

The message is clear: allow us to keep some of the international students that we educate to such a high standard and invite them to help us grow our economy. Westminster can't have it both ways - if it is up to us to grow our population then Scotland should control the means to do just that.

Majority of Nurseries 'Unlikely' to Offer Places to Meet 30 Hours Demand - but Government Still has Time to Change Their Minds

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

According to Department for Education figures, the private, voluntary and independent sector currently delivers funded places for 674,000 two, three and four-year-olds in England, providing 64% of three and four-year-olds with their free place.

Teachers, Parents and Pupils Deserve Better

Chris Keates | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Teachers, who provide one of the country's most vital public services, feel denigrated, demoralised and deprofessionalised.

Surely We All Want Best Value for Public Monies?

Simon Stevens | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

I read with dismay and frustration the Charity Sector's response to the government's proposal that monies given to Charities by government organisations for services should not be used for lobbying. The Charity sector claim this is a vow of silence as they represent 'the vulnerable' against the Big Bad Government.