UK Policy

The Tax-Free Minimum Wage - A Gimmick or a Real Giveaway?

Conor D'Arcy | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Conor D'Arcy

Amid the flurry of pre-election pledges made by each party, the Conservatives' 'Tax-Free Minimum Wage' attracted a curious mix of attention... Rather than a trivial tweak, the implications of this policy are potentially substantial and could lead to additional tax cuts, which could be announced as early as at next week's Budget.

What Could an EU Exit Mean for the UK Construction Industry?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...

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.

Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

A New Kind of Science Policy - Five Ways for David Cameron's New Government to Support Science

Dr Timo Hannay | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Timo Hannay

Though faced with an unenviable heap of political dilemmas, especially regarding our country's size, shape and place in the world, David Cameron and his colleagues would do well also to pay attention to one of the most important long-term drivers of social progress: science.

Have the Planets Aligned for Ed Miliband?

Leo Garbutt | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Over the last century, there have been periods during which one set of commonly accepted values in British politics is replaced by another. This occur...

Government Chief Data Officer? We Need an Army of Data Analysts

Simon Dennis | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

By 2020 there will be 56.000 jobs across the UK for big data specialists, yet over three-quarters of big data positions are currently described as difficult to fill. Crucially, using data in public services is about achieving efficiencies, and that is key for any future government.

'All I Want For The Election Is Free Education'. What Students *Really* Want From Our Next Government

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Under 25s are a three million-strong voice and have the power to drastically impact on all of the political parties' fortunes this coming general elec...

So What Have Politicians Done for the UK End FGM Campaign In 2014?

Hilary Burrage | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

In 2015 could the emerging FGM Unit please find some serious longer term money, tighten up the loose ends and tell us who is ultimately in charge? Then there'll be a decent chance FGM will end in Britain.

To See the Future of Science We Need to Look Beyond the '2.0 Paradigm'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

The vernacular of 'Science 2.0' has become increasingly utilised in the debate about the future of science. Many media articles and conferences focus on this topic, and the European Commission has recently held a public consultation to better understand the impact of 2.0 and desirability of policy action to enable it.

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

Suicide Is a Global Healthcare Crisis

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The collective grief around the death of Robin Williams has been remarkable, but not at all surprising... what I cannot understand is why there isn't a similar collective public call to urgently address suicide. This is a healthcare crisis - indeed, it has been one for some time.

Could You Soon Be Borrowing Your Student Loan From Your University?

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Graduates could soon be repaying their student loan to their university, if a new policy proposed by the former universities minister goes ahead. U...

Is It Time to Stop Talking About Transformation?

Julian Dobson | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

There are words that have all the impact of a car alarm going off in the middle of the night. They scream at you, but most of the time they mean nothing. One such word is 'transformation'.

Summertime Sadness For UK parents

Ellen Broomé | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Broomé

The summer holidays are meant to be idyllic days spent with family having ice cream on sunny beaches. Unfortunately, for many parents the long summer holidays are a source of worry and stress. As schools break up, this is the last week that many parents will know what to do for childcare.

Mr. Miliband: Pleasant Presentations Won't Make Pragmatic Policies

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June O'Sullivan MBE

I attended the Inclusive Prosperity Conference at the Science Museum this week which was chaired by Ed Balls MP and the keynote speaker was Ed Miliband... Mr. Miliband warned that he won't always agree with us but my advice to him is to listen and think until his head hurts.

Ed Miliband and the Bacon Sandwich: Exploring the Relationship Between the Serious and the Frivolous

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

In the aftermath of local and European elections, Labour party introspection began immediately: in particular, criticism of the party's direction, its attitude to UKIP in both sets of elections, the coherence of its message, its policies and their presentation, and, last and most, criticism of Ed Miliband...

A Nation of Part-Time Portfolio Entrepreneurs

Adam Afriyie | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

It's perfectly possible for people to start a business from home. Today there are more people running their own businesses around full-time work than ever before. The Internet allows portfolio careers to flourish and the government must support this groundswell of eager new business people.

Bureaucratic Consequences: Chris Grayling's Book Ban and the Failings of Policy

Rosie Olliver | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rosie Olliver

Chris Grayling doesn't know what's going on. Some might argue that this is true generally, but I'm talking about the "book ban". He didn't mean for it to happen, he didn't intend to deprive prisoners, and he doesn't have a good answer to the criticism that's being levelled at him. And the fuss is part of a wider and even more concerning issue.

Len McCluskey Is Right to Threaten Miliband With Disaffiliation From Labour

Salman Shaheen | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Time after time, the once and never "Red Ed" goes out of his way to prove just how right-wing he is. He's signed up to Conservative spending plans, he's backed the welfare cap, he's supported workfare and he's backed the mantra of austerity. It's little wonder the unions are getting anxious about Labour's rightward drift.

No Shortage of Words on 'Tax-Free Childcare', Nor Sensationalism... Just One Question - What's Happened to the Mission to Explain?

Anand Shukla | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Anand Shukla

A few years ago, just after becoming Chief Executive of what was then the Daycare Trust, I took part in an ITV news website discussion with parents on childcare. At the time, uppermost in my mind were threats to children's centres and cuts to support for parents with childcare costs.

Major Gaps in Childcare Are a Symptom of a System on the Wrong Track

Ellen Broomé | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

If paying a sum similar to a monthly mortgage payment in childcare costs wasn't enough of a challenge for working parents with young children, finding childcare is itself a major hurdle.

Landmark Result for Disabled Ticketing Policy

Suzanne Bull MBE | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Suzanne Bull MBE

Last month a hugely significant legal precedent was set for Deaf and disabled music lovers when a man from Wetherby won a landmark case with the York Barbican over 'discriminatory' ticketing policies.

Why China's One Child Policy Is Actually a Brilliant Solution to Reduce Overpopulation

William Tong | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Tong

It is a brilliant solution to reduce overpopulation and its results shows its effectiveness, but no more. Simply put, the costs of this solution, outweigh the benefits that it would bring. It worked in the past, but even the Chinese government has acknowledged the problems it's created and thus, step-by-step the one-child policy is being loosened.

Six Ways to Turn the Country Around

William Davie | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

A credible government needs a credible opposition. Only by having someone who can say "No. You are wrong, this is how we can do that better" can a government claim some legitimacy. It means that someone is keeping an eye on them. It's why dictatorships, usually remove all opposition. If there's no one to tell you you are wrong, you can do what you like.