UK Government

Is Brexit An Opportunity For A More Humane And Human-Relevant Life Sciences Sector?

Michelle Thew | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Tech
Michelle Thew

The UK is looking to be a world leader in the development of non-animal based technologies to replace the use of animals in science and training. A review of the life sciences strategy is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to this objective, make a real change to the lives of millions of animals and improve the human-relevance of the country's science.

Boris Throws The Balls In The Air

Mike Holden | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Politics
Mike Holden

Boris Johnson is a narcissistic serial liar with no principles beyond his own advancement. I was going to use that as the headline but it doesn't even count as news.

Children Should Be Free To Explore The Internet Safely Without Fear Of 'Randoms'

Claire Lilley | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Lilley

Children love the internet and value the opportunities it gives them for fun, self-expression, communication and autonomy, but their enjoyment can be overshadowed by negative experiences. Children themselves are calling for the right to be free to explore their online spaces without fear of intimidation.

What Real People Want: A Guide For The Home Secretary

Craig Stewart | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Craig Stewart

By pressuring tech companies to insert encryption backdoors into their software, Ms Rudd demonstrates a disturbing lack of awareness on the importance of encryption. Encryption is in fact fundamental to the success of the British economy, from banking to trading and eCommerce - and WhatsApp et al are just the tip of this iceberg.

Rees-Mogg Highlights Just How Out Of Touch He And Government Really Are

James Woods | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Politics
James Woods

The latest 'trendy' Tory, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has described food banks as "rather uplifting" saying that the public's voluntary support "shows what a compassionate country we are". The Tory MP who represents North East Somerset spoke to LBC where he attributed the rise in the use of food banks to people "knowing that they are there" before claiming the previous Labour government had failed to inform people of their existence.

Religion Has No Place In Politics And It Never Will

Sam Dowler | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Dowler

While religion plays a huge part in many people's lives, they recognise that it's not appropriate to bring it up in certain aspects of life. It's a particularly tricky topic of conversation in today's climate as people are offended easily and it is the single greatest cause of war on our planet. One area it is completely counter-productive in is politics.

What We Can Learn When 100,000 Illegal Immigrants Suddenly Become 5,000

Asher Kessler | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Asher Kessler

Last week, new data highlighted that an extremely low number of foreign students are remaining in the country illegally. The data, which is the first ...

Our Schools Must Unlock The True Power Of Art

Mark Cass | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Mark Cass

I was away with family in vibrant, frenetic Hong Kong and needed to relax. Inspired by some calligraphy works I'd seen at a local exhibition, I popped out to buy some liquid ink, a brush and paper.

Leaking: How Does It Happen And Why Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics

In the world of politics, leaks - while often unwelcome - have come to be expected. From the surprise early release of Labour’s 2017 manifesto to th...

Why We Need Action Now To Tackle The Disability Employment Gap

Mark Atkinson | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Mark Atkinson

As MPs go back to work this week, we want them to think about disabled people who are unable to take up and progress in employment because of a consistent failure to remove barriers. Scope's analysis of the latest ONS data reveals that for every 100 disabled people moving into work, 114 are leaving. If the UK wants to be a modern, inclusive society, it needs to act urgently - not just pay lip service to an ideal world in which opportunities are equal.

Don't Throw Away The Key On Our Prisons

James Hargrave | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

We can no longer afford our prisons to be put on the backburner. Fixing them is the politically expedient thing to do as well as the morally right thing to do. Because when the riots start and the crime rates soar, who do you think the public are going to blame?

Can Care Markets Work For Families?

Stephen Burke | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

As summer ends, the news is of children's nurseries and older people's care homes facing closure. The reason is simple - state funding for a place a...

Digital Dangers: How To Keep Your Children Safe Online

Javed Khan | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Parents
Javed Khan

A survey of our specialist child sexual exploitation services last year showed how nearly two thirds of children groomed online who were referred to us were sexually exploited after meeting the attacker they met online.

30 Hours Of Free Childcare - Unless You Have A Child Like Mine

Ann Hickman | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Ann Hickman

everybody banner But in the three years between Anthony accessing his 15 hours of free childcare and it being David's turn, local budgets had been cut for special educational needs in early years and the number of children needing this support had increased significantly. The council simply didn't have enough money to offer 15 hours of extra support to kids with special needs so they could get help during their 15 hours in pre-school.

Tory Ministers Need To Wake Up To The Deepening Crisis In Care

Barbara Keeley | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Keeley

Jeremy Hunt's actions on delayed discharges have sent a clear message: that this Government is only interested in social care insofar as it helps relieve pressure on the NHS. It is time that Jeremy Hunt finally woke up to the deepening crisis in care created on his watch and argued for the extra funding needed to stabilise the care sector and fund a decent living wage for care staff.

50 Years Since The Partial Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality, And What Has The Government Done For Our Queer Youth?

Matthew Robinson | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK
Matthew Robinson

Pride, in many respects, is not a granted right, but a destination. It is a retrospective state attributed to a life lived through substitution. But if the government wants to create a society in which queer individuals are no longer forced to navigate this fractious divide, then they must start looking towards our youth.

Lord Neuberger's Salutary Warning

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Many recent bad court decisions cry out for revocation, but I wonder whether the current British government is even aware of the existence of this nuclear option, let alone courageous enough to use it.

Sleep-In Care Is As Important As Any Care - The Government Needs To Allocate Funding Accordingly

Wyn Williams | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Wyn Williams

As her father, not only does sleep-in care provide me with peace of mind both now and in the future, but knowing that she is safe and secure at all times gives that critical reassurance that any parent with a disabled child needs. Having someone there, on hand, should Non need care, provides a safety net for her and our family to know that she is protected and secure.

The 2017 Challenge For GCSE Students? Explaining What Their Results Mean

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

The real worry for every teacher though? Once the changes have finally come in, some bright spark in government might well decide to change the whole thing all over again. Politicians like changing things, you see. Sometimes though the best thing to do is leave everything well alone - and allow teachers sufficient time to become experts in what they're teaching.

Confusion And Worry Around Social Care In The UK Must Stop

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

In an ideal world, we'd all plan ahead for later life, both for ourselves and our loved ones. In reality, this isn't always possible and certainly isn...

Energy Independence: UK Legislation And Investment Drives Change

Stephen Irish | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Irish

Legislation is now changing with industry and consumer demand driving government decisions. As renewable energy increases it's share in the world's electricity mix, and as EV take up accelerates, battery energy storage technology will be a key enabler. In order to optimise energy, distribution and use, significant changes in business models and the approach to managing infrastructure will be needed.

Extending Free Movement - One Big Muddle But No More Certainty

Axel Antoni | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Axel Antoni

Whatever the new arrangement is called and whatever it entails though it does not deliver on what the government is hoping to achieve: certainty for employers. A new form of free movement post Brexit might be a reprieve but it does not tackle the main issues causing uncertainty in the first place.

What Air Quality Plan? Cynical Announcement Shifts Clean Up To Struggling Local Authorities

Craig Bennett | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Politics
Craig Bennett

You might have seen the headlines: Sale of diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned by 2040. That sounds like big news, right? The end of the combustion engine. But when you take a closer look at the announcement - is this just more hot air?

Building Trust In The Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry

Sarah Stanton | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Sarah Stanton

The announcement of the Contaminated Blood Scandal Inquiry by Theresa May on 11 July 2017 was overwhelmingly welcomed by the thousands of patients and...

Now Is The Time For Brave And Bold Action To Clean Up Our Air

Simon Gillespie | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

Air pollution is an invisible but deadly problem. Right now, the health of thousands of people across the UK is under threat from dangerously high levels of air pollution. It's a threat that requires immediate action.