UK Legislation

Legislate To Innovate: Sustaining The UK As An Innovation Economy After Brexit

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Rebecca Emerson

Britain has for centuries been a world centre for innovation. This has helped support our economy. Brexit provides us with a clear opportunity to ens...

Valentine's Day Letter For Sex Education

Caroline Lucas | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

I hope that Justine Greening will act on this Valentine's Day message and make the case to the Prime Minister that what we really need is a PSHE Bill, so that this desperately needed change can be delivered in a coherent and comprehensive way. It is vital that provision is statutory and covers all ages and all schools. Updated guidance alone will not be good enough. This must be an entitlement for every child.

Parliament Could Still Block Brexit

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Could Parliament still block Brexit? The answer is undoubtedly Yes. On 3 November 2016 the High Court decided that Theresa May needs Parliament's consent before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the EU.

Do Democratic Practices Stunt Technological Growth?

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Kenyon

Politicians cannot ignore their voters to this extent and cannot embrace advantages of this. It is the mass unemployment issue that will cause most concern to politician's short-lived careers. Donald Trump cannot promise the Rustbelt States that voted for him that he would bring back jobs from foreign countries and replace these unskilled workers' jobs with machines.

The Brexit Court Ruling Confirms My July Blog - An Open Letter to Theresa May

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Dear Theresa -- I hate to say it, but I told you so! In a blog published here on12 July 2016, I told you that the Brexit referendum result is pure...

Unprecedented: Why The Brexit Result Should Be Put To Parliament

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

On 23 June, in voting to leave the EU, the British electorate initiated a process of far-reaching, largely unpredictable change in Britain's constitutional, legal and commercial arrangements. The legislation that set up the referendum had failed to specify how its result should be handled or interpreted.

Higher Education Bill Must Prioritise Care Leavers

Chloe Cockett | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

Over recent months the media has paid particular attention to the fact that disadvantaged working class white boys are five times less likely to go to university than those from the most advantaged backgrounds. However, few seem to acknowledge that that only 5 per cent of young care leavers went to university last year.

A Step in the Right Direction

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

We'll be working with other agencies and associations of people with direct experience of leprosy in India, along with the Law Commission, lobbying for this to happen so that we can continue to challenge attitudes, tackle misconceptions and improve the lives of those affected by leprosy.

Brexit - Better or Worse for Working Parents?

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Parents
Geraldine Gallacher

My first instinct when discovering that we will now leave the EU was dismay and shock. Next was concern: what lies ahead? Nobody can say. There are certainly lots of things to worry about. But as managing director of an executive coaching consultancy that specialises in Parental Transition coaching, my biggest concern was that the far-sighted parental rights won over the last 40 years, and which now contribute so much to workplace gender equality, might unravel.

We Need a Change in the Law to Prevent Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

Beatrice Orchard | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Beatrice Orchard

When I speak to people who have been homeless about their experience of seeking help from their local council, they often describe feelings of utter frustration and despair. Too many people are not being served by the current legal framework which requires councils to offer accommodation to homeless households, but only in limited circumstances.

Time for a Level Playing Field on Post-16 Education Options

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Hearing the news recently that the Government plans to bring in legislation around the provision of careers advice to students surrounding their post-...

Change in Legislation Recognises Control Is at the Centre of Domestic Abuse

Diana Barran | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK
Diana Barran

From 29 December, 'controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship' will become illegal. It does not need to be physically violent; it does not even need to be physically threatening, but it is abuse. From now, you can be tried in a criminal court and face up to five years in prison if found guilty of it.

Digital Is the Future in the Wake of Strong Decision Made by the UK

Gi Fernando | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK Tech
Gi Fernando

Limiting internet use will also negatively affect young people's social lives; we live in an era where social media makes up the fabric of social interaction. That which is optional for an older generation is as natural and as necessary as a telephone for today's youth, and offers opportunities for creativity and expression that it is simply wrong to curtail.

Green Investment Bank Privatisation - Six Questions That Need Answers

Sepi Golzari-Munro | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sepi Golzari-Munro

With infrastructure at the heart of last week's spending review, Government moves to sell-off the country's only infrastructure investment bank become...

Would You Take a Ride in a Driverless Car?

Simon Spooner | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Spooner

The developers of driverless cars are under a great deal of pressure to ensure that systems are completely secure. A hacked car would have the potential to cause massive damage.

Sharing Our Future

Karim Goudiaby | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Karim Goudiaby

Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.

Anti-Screen Scraping Ts and Cs Can Be Effective, Rules European Court

Andrew Tibber | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that website terms and conditions prohibiting the wholesale extraction of data - aka screen-scraping - can be enforceable.

Porn and Unrecognised Desires

Rose Gibbs | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Gibbs

I don't think it should surprise anyone that women's pleasure is not top the list when it comes to pornography in the first place- the fact that it is being banned, just further reinforces what we already know: Porn is made for men.

When Is Truth Irrelevant in Divorce

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

In the light of the Leveson hacking inquiry, the issue of safeguarding the individual's privacy has been found to be paramount. Whilst there have been few prosecutions arising from "relationship hacking" in divorce or relationship breakdown, this is certainly set to change.

Companies, Charities, Co-operatives - Three Legs of the Economic Stool

Ed Mayo | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Ed Mayo

The new century has seen two great reforms of organizational life in the UK, in the form of new Acts of Parliament that review and consolidate all the relevant existing legislation. The first was the Companies Act 2006, which followed a lengthy Company Law Review. The second was the Charities Act 2011.

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Do We Need New Disablism Laws?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

No law alone can make one person change their opinion of another person, and just adding law after law to try to will not help anyone, and may actually cause harm and resentment. Instead, we need to get our hands dirty and actually step by step, person by person, create better understanding and behaviour, that could result in better attitudes if we play our cards right.

Five Reasons Why Flexible Working Hours Can Be Good For Business

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

While employers can refuse the request if it is considered detrimental to business interests - for example, it may incur extra staff costs - the right to appeal is also built into the guidelines and feedback is mandatory, giving employees the opportunity to demonstrate why their request should be granted. If organised properly, flexible working hours CAN be good for business.

What the European Parliament Has Done for You Over the Past Five Years

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Although much has been achieved by the 7th legislature, the work is far from complete. Europe has yet to resume full economic growth, many banks are still ailing and millions continue to be unemployed. The results of the European elections in May will not only determine the direction the EU will take, but how it will tackle these issues.

Businesses Could Face Prosecution If They Fail To Cater To Gay Weddings

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

Businesses risk breaking the law if they refuse to offer their services to gay couples getting married, the government's equality watchdog has said. ...