Unlocking Public Unused Land For Housing Tackling Britain's Housing Crisis is one of the most challenging tasks faced by policymakers, politicians an...
So politicians tell lies in order to win votes. Who knew? But in the age of social media, when more people read fake news stories -- stories that have been deliberately invented in order to mislead people -- than real stories, the lies have more power than ever before. Sure, they may well reflect real fears and real anger, but they are still lies.
As Britain prepares to borrow more than £215bn in the next five years, and with the economy is flux as the consequences of the Brexit vote unfold, can UK businesses afford to raise the National Living Wage? Simple maths says that if we produce more, we sell more, and the country as a whole will make more money. Here's five reasons why, if we can figure out the productivity problem, I say yes.
The decision by the Chancellor to scrap the Autumn Statement altogether was also welcome - fewer Budgets will mean entrepreneurs can better plan for the future. We now wait for the weightier Spring Budget to see if Philip Hammond will take real action to cut the most destructive taxes and simplify incentives to boost UK entrepreneurship.
A budgetary statement by the Chancellor is where it becomes clear that politics and economics are inextricably intertwined. So it was with this week's Autumn Statement.
Yesterday was Philip Hammond's first big moment as Chancellor, the opportunity, before a country and indeed a world buffeted by shockwaves of change and uncertainty, to set out a compelling, reassuring and above all confidence building vision of our economic future. Well we didn't get that did we?
Without extra funding for social care this promises to be a long hard winter for our health and social care systems. The most visible manifestation of the pressures caused by cuts to social care budgets is the rapid growth in delayed transfers of care from hospital. The September figure of over 196,000 delayed days was a record. A record in delayed discharges not in winter, but at the end of summer.
Philip Hammond has missed his first opportunity to formulate a proper response to the country's long term challenges; with a target that is not flexible enough to allow for significant, proactive investment. There is still much work to do.
As the Prime Minister has said, we simply need to build more homes. Today her government backed up that rhetoric with action, announcing an extra £1.4billion for more affordable homes as well as flexibility over how housing investment is spent.
We were told everything would be geared towards helping this group of low and middle earners - including with their housing costs. So looking at the detail, how did today's announcements shape up? Who are the 'JAMs' and what's their housing situation?
Philip Hammond's most interesting announcement was the Autumn Statement will be his last as well as his first - the Budget will switch to spring from ...
"No Jam today", "pump up the Jams", Chancellor in a Jam": an initially staid acronym for 'Just About Managing' families coined by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer has morphed into a major political buzzword in just a matter of days. At its current growth rate, it's got all the ingredients of a meme.
The Government has an obligation under the Public Sector Equality Duty to have due regard to the impact of its policies on equality. But they've not exactly been keen to make that a reality... The Treasury refused to send a Minister to answer the Committee's questions about equality impact, saying that individual Government departments were responsible for doing this analysis... do they have something to hide?
It's been drummed into us that Brexit means Brexit. And now we hear that there is a 'Hard Brexit' and a 'Soft Brexit', with ideology seemingly having more of a say than what works for all. The details sound, and no doubt are, very complicated, and I certainly wouldn't have a clue where to start with sorting out a UK wide position, let alone negotiating for it.
Within the Tory ranks there are few if any genuinely big beasts around whom alternative camps may form, even though George Osborne is trying to position himself as one with his customary lack of subtlety. But the Premiership now is a poisoned chalice, with no way of avoiding fights as Brexit is navigated.
Maybe it slipped the Chancellor's mind. He must have a lot to think about right about now. The long-term downward trend predictions for the British economy; the volatile dip in jobs and investment seen in July; the seven week low in the value of sterling today. Not an easy in-tray. But, in case he has forgotten, a few months ago some bold spending promises were made.