UK Government

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.

Don't Forget the 'Other 50%': The Role Vocational Education Plays in Social Mobility

Mark Farrar | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Farrar

Politicians from all parties are in agreement on the importance of the UK becoming more socially mobile. People should have the same chances to develop and prosper regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

The UK Government Has Allowed VW to Wriggle Around the Rules

Stewart McDonald | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Politics
Stewart McDonald

Volkswagen have perverted environmental regulations, they have treated European customers with disdain, and treated regulation as a charade. The slap on the wrist they've received from the government is risible.

Short-term Politicking Will Not Resolve the Syria Crisis and Exodus to Europe - Commitment to Shared Societies and Long-term Action Will

Simon O'Connell | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

Segregating societies, isolating nations, closing borders and seizing valuable possessions from vulnerable people is not the answer. The London conference provides a crucial opportunity to show real leadership and to adopt a holistic approach to addressing both the crisis in Syria and resultant flight of hundreds of thousands of human beings to Europe. We can and must rise to the challenge.

At the London Conference on Syria, European Leaders Must Not Pass the Buck on Need to Protect Refugees

Lisa Doyle | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lisa Doyle

Above all, amidst discussions on the Syrian crisis David Cameron must not lose sight of Britain's own proud tradition of protecting refugees. Indeed it was British lawyers who helped draft the Refugee Convention - which has saved millions of lives. Now is the time for us to live up to it.

The Government Needs to Intervene in the School Holiday Prices Debate

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

There's something of a debate raging in the United Kingdom right now and it's one that doesn't appear to be dying down any time soon. That debate is around school holidays and the extortionate prices that parents are forced to shell out if they want to go away during the school holidays.

Why 17 Year Olds Campaigning for Women in the Syllabus Must End

Hanna Naima McCloskey | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hanna Naima McCloskey

Let me be clear, I founded Fearless Futures because I believe that gender injustice is so ordinary, everyday and entrenched that we mostly do not see it. My belief is that social change starts with understanding how the problem manifests itself, in our own lives and beyond, so that we can dare to challenge it, resist it and reimagine a better world.

Looking at a Better Solution for Older People in Hospitals

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.

Thousands of Single Parents Set to Miss Out Under Childcare Bill

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

There's considerable support across parliament to make certain groups exempt in exceptional circumstances, such as the victims of domestic violence, and we'd like to see the same for those who are in training and attempting to upskill in order to move into employment. This means exempting single parents from the 16-hour commitment.

Is It Time the Debt Arrangement Scheme Is Expanded Into England and Wales?

Josh Moorcroft-Jones | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Moorcroft-Jones

Research released earlier this week by BBC News that personal debt in the United Kingdom has topped £180bn certainly won't make easy reading for the ...

The Real Impact of Wage Stagnation

James Caan CBE | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
James Caan CBE

Productivity has been at the forefront of George Osborne's plans for building a more prosperous nation, but how do we expect to put this into practise if wage growth continues to stagnate? Employees will not become more productive if we do not have the financial levers to encourage them to do so.

LSE: Freeze Halls Rents

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nona Buckley-Irvine

This week LSE will be deciding whether or not to approve the increase to halls. If it is to be genuinely committed to supporting students at university, they should reject this and implement a freeze as a minimum starting point. Because LSE, the rent is just too damn high.

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

America Could Make The 'Snoopers' Charter' Even Worse And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Tech

Hillary Clinton has given a hint during the last Democratic debate that talks between the US Government and Silicon Valley companies over personal enc...

Foster Care Works - This Must Be Acknowledged

Kevin Williams | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

Good foster care transforms lives and enables young people to flourish. The vast majority of young people in care are living with foster families who love them, and provide the stability and support that will see them grow into confident adults.

Reclaiming the Mosque

Richard Reoch | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

"Within one day we managed to reclaim this mosque for the community. It is not just a mosque now. It is a community centre for people whether they are Muslims or not. It is about humanity." With these words, the Chair of the Trustees of London's Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, opened a news conference of British Muslim leaders this week.

Charities Must Be Transparent But Must Retain Independence - Freedom of Information Only for Public Contracts

John Tizard | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is a real opportunity for the sector can lead by example so that it can be ahead of the public and business sectors - surely this is what the sector's values require and the public expects.

Theresa May Has Finally Revealed Whether Spies Will Read Your Messages

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Tech

The Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed that the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill or the 'Snoopers' Charter' will not ban the encryption t...

Golden Years

Wayne Hemingway | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Hemingway

I kept thinking why is it that there seems to be no Lennon, McCartney, Jagger or Bowie for recent and current generations ? Could one reason be that there isn't the freedom to dream that Bowie and we all had back then? Are today's debilitating housing costs, student loans, the low wages, lack of career security and reliance on mum and dad are curtailing the space to dream?

The UK Government's Digital Strategy is Vital to Technology in Britain

Edward Lowe | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

The government needs to not rest on its laurels of the previous Digital strategy, but continue to strive to support the Digital industries in every way possible. The Digital Strategy will be an important document in setting these priorities. I urge all companies and public bodies to contribute their ideas to this plan to produce a more cohesive and meaningful strategy.

Being Labelled a Cheerleader for Islamic Zealots Is No Joke

Lauren Booth | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

This week, several tabloids, ran stories about a sinister-sounding woman who takes time off from fund raising for 'terrorist' families' only to pander to her rarefied hobby as a 'cheerleader for Islamic Zealots.'

Humanities Students - What Are We Paying For?

Beth Hurst | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Hurst

I am of the opinion that all learning is good learning, and that intelligent people going out into the world will do great things, no matter what their degree or how much it cost. Sadly Universities are becoming a place of profit rather than learning. I want to be a student, not a customer, but as the debt I face piles higher and higher, I have to ask - what exactly am I paying for?

Survey Reveals 'Scandalous' Pay Position for Teachers

Chris Keates | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

A new survey by the NASUWT has found that more than half of teachers (57%) across England have not received or had confirmed that they will receive their 1% pay award this year. The survey, which attracted almost 7,000 responses from our members, revealed disturbing results showing that of those eligible for pay progression, 47% had either been refused or had not had a decision made by their school.

Prime Minister Nero: David Cameron Fiddles as Britain Floods

Natalie Bennett | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

It's on David Cameron's watch that funding for flood defences have been cut. It's on his watch that flood defences that might have saved 2,000 homes and 400 businesses in Leeds were axed. Planned defences for hard-hit York were put on hold under the Prime Minister's previous government. And it's on his watch that nearly 10,000 new homes have been built each year on flood plains, putting lives at risk, and threatening misery and financial disaster for thousands of households.

The Northern No-Powerhouse

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Hinchcliffe

Boxing Day saw another victim of George Osborne's ideologically driven obsession to cut government spending - the homes, businesses and flood defences of Northern England.