UK Government

Getting Tough on Soft Skills

James Caan CBE | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

It's not just about qualifications. It's not just about education or background. How do I know? Because I didn't excel in either of these areas - instead, I actually put my own success down to something called soft skills - the vital skills such as communication, teamwork and time management which everyone needs to succeed at work and beyond.

The Government Is Capping Deaf Young People's Ambitions And Aspirations

Susan Daniels | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Susan Daniels

What of those deaf young people who need ongoing regular support in order to thrive and prosper at work? The cap has sent them a very clear signal - to cap their aspirations and settle for something beneath their hopes and expectations.

What It Means to 'Protect Our Foster Kids'

Kevin Williams | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Kevin Williams

"A foster carer treats you like family, like their own children."

Are There Some Positive Lessons From the Ebola Crisis?

Nick Thompson | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Nick Thompson

On 10 July the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea will meet at the United Nations with the major development agencies to come up with a...

Is the Real Price of Childcare Child Poverty?

Octavia Holland | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Octavia Holland

The government is committed to make work pay and deliver a fairer welfare system. It also has a duty to reduce child poverty enshrined in the Child Poverty Act. Acting on childcare for those who need it most - and acting now - will go some way to realising these promises.

Civil Service Staff Numbers Under the Coalition Government, 2010 to 2015

Emily Andrews | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Andrews

The latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show the number of civil servants as of March 2015. Emily Andrews and Gavin Freeguard of th...

Chair and Chair Alike: Commons Select Committee Chairs, in Five Charts

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

On 17 June, MPs will elect the chairs of many House of Commons select committees, the increasingly high-profile bodies which scrutinise government departments. The charts below show who has chaired them over the last three parliaments and what happens next.

When Is Being Anti-Business Not Being Anti-Business?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Stuart Thomson

The Government sells the story of its intervention in way that does not frighten businesses. Labour failed at this. Given public opinion and the Government's own actions, it is not the case that 'anti-business' measures are off the agenda but if you are going to do them then there is a need to get the message right.

Here's A Top Secret List Of Tory Demands To The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Comedy

My, they are a fussy lot... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Beresford and David Schneider.) ...

Government Complacency Means Further Chaos Looms for Drivers

Richard Burden | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Unless the new Government stops ignoring concerns, and ends the complacency, I fear that only further chaos looms ahead.

Extended Free Childcare Will Lead To Parents Working Longer Hours, Study Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Parents

Parents of pre-school children will increase their working hours when the Government introduces 30 hours of free childcare per week, a new study has r...

Mission Possible: Harnessing LGBT Inclusion in Business for Good

Neil Bentley | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Neil Bentley

We are on the cusp of major change. Strong leadership has the power to join up conversations around LGBT diversity and inclusion, talent management, marketing and brands as well as trust and reputation. And by integrating the diversity agenda into a business' core, it becomes a powerful force in business and society for good.

Let's Give More Control to Residents and Local Volunteers to Help Create Positive, Lasting Change for Our Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Volunteering to help others can have diverse benefits both for us as individuals and for those we volunteer with. It can increase people's confidence, boost wellbeing and help strengthen the fabric of society. There is increasing recognition of this from policy makers too. Take for example, the Government's pledge to offer up to three days' paid volunteering in companies employing over 250 staff - a move which could provide new opportunities to around 15 million staff.

Creepy New Tech Turns WiFi Into A Human-Tracking 'Sonar'

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Tech

Researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara have found that people can be tracked by simply being near a WiFi signal. Professor Ya...

'What British Values Mate?'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

In light of the debunked Trojan Horse investigation of an alleged "Islamist plot" to take over Birmingham state schools, the passing of the Counter-Te...

Badger Shooting to Continue in Spite of Veterinary Concerns

Mark Jones | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

The culling of badgers, as part of the Government's strategy for controlling bovine tuberculosis in cattle, has proved extremely controversial and divisive, not least because of concerns over the humaneness of 'controlled shooting' (the shooting by marksmen of free-roaming badgers attracted to bait points at night).

People vs Austerity: An Assembly of Hope

Zion Lights | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

Two years on and we find ourselves further burdened by cuts and now reeling from the impact of a Tory government, Conned once again by our broken electoral system. So what's the alternative? We organise. We march. We stand.

Will the New Tory Government Solve Our Housing Crisis?

Simon Thomas | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

Now that the political spectacle once dubbed 'the most un-predictable election in history' is over, and the Tories are at the head of their first majority government since the 1990s, what will they do to deal with the UK's housing crisis?

Will the Conservatives Deliver Continued Economic Growth?

John Coldicutt | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Coldicutt

There is only so much we can draw from the Queen's Speech - as with any government, it will be judged on results rather than promises. Clearly, for the economy to really thrive, it's vital the Conservatives foster an environment which allows businesses across the UK to flourish. Only time will tell if David Cameron's Tories will succeed.

New Education Legislation Shows Nothing But Contempt for Teachers, Pupils and Parents

Georgia Elander | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

It's as if Nicky Morgan feels that she has not yet made her mark as Education Secretary - has not, as her predecessor did, yet succeeded in alienating the entirety of the teaching profession - and is determined to put this right.

Understanding the Importance of Universal Digital Suffrage

Chi Onwurah | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

In the 19th Century the Tories finally came round to the idea that universal suffrage was a democratic prerequisite. As change is happening more quickly, we shall seek to make them understand the importance of universal digital suffrage in the next few years.

UK Warns Israel Over West Bank, But Still Won't Recognise Palestine

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics

Israel will lose the support of its “friends” in the international community if it continues to build settlements in the West Bank, the Government...

Nigel Farage And David Cameron Are 'Referendum & Referendumber'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Comedy

It's the epic vote everyone in the UK has been waiting for since the last time we voted on the exact same thing - the EU referendum is finally on the ...

The Colourful Revolution of The Rainbow Steps, Istanbul, Turkey

Chloe Gunning | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

£500 and a few tins of paint could be all it takes to transform your neighbourhood into a tourist attraction! Well, that's if you follow the beautifu...

Youth Estrangement and Disownment Needs Status, Recognition and Definition

Becca Bland | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Becca Bland

It was inevitable that it was going to happen: the government always were going to wield cuts at the young. But the recent Queen's speech gives us an idea about where exactly the belt will be tightened, and who specifically will be unable to rely on the help of the state.