UK Policy

Recovering From The Dementia Tax

Anna Dixon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

The Queen's Speech last month confirmed that social care reform is not dead, thankfully, despite the election debacle over the so-called dementia tax....

Imagining Brexit: Why Government Should Develop And Publish Scenarios

Dr Mils Hills | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Mils Hills

Scenario-planning (forensically, objectively, ethically) applied reveals the unvarnished truth. This speaks truth to power and prevents 'groupthink' that can creep into any community. These facts explain the early and heartfelt adoption of such approaches by the intelligence agencies and special forces operators. Like them, politicians cannot afford to be blinded by optimism and hope over gritty reality.

Vote For Policies, Not People

Paven Sharma | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Paven Sharma

So in this election, don't fall for the smiles, emotional appeals, and appeasement. Instead, focus on one particular issue you care about the most and vote for the party that stands for it the best.

There's A New Consensus On Housebuilding, But Is There A Gap In The Manifesto?

Edward Douglas | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Politics
Edward Douglas

Perhaps more than anything else, if the new consensus on housebuilding is going to deliver for generation rent, it will require the sustained commitment of politicians and the raising of ambitions on all sides over the long-term. On this, only time will tell.

Spring Budget 2017: Short-Term Relief For The Social Care Sector

Richard Kramer | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We hope that the government will use this period of review and reform to safeguard vital services for disabled people, and recognise that good quality social care is a vital lifeline to well over one million disabled and older people across the country. The Spring Budget certainly gave us some breathing space. Now we and the government must seize the opportunity to reform social care and truly make it fit for the future.

'Use It Or Lose It': Regeneration Report Releases Shock Findings in London's Creative Offering

Claire Meadows | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Claire Meadows

A new report has highlighted the threat to London's creative communities from the spread of urban regeneration.

Getting A Grip

Ross Murray | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

Perhaps one can overestimate the impact the Government has on the economy, but such is the role of the state that we ignore their strategic purpose at our peril. February saw two key documents published which impact on many, if not all, rural businesses.

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...

Developing Countries Are Ill-Equipped To Manage The Growing Chronic-Disease Burden

Martin Koehring | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Tech
Martin Koehring

Meanwhile, technological and organisational innovations as well as sustained, co-ordinated efforts across multiple stakeholders are required. The healthcare infrastructure developed to address Millennium Development Goals can be leveraged to face the NCD challenge.

Online Surveys? We Need To Speak To A Human Being Mrs May, Not An Algorithm

Trixy Sanderson | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Trixy Sanderson

In her speech to the charities commission the Prime Minister said mental health was "dangerously disregarded" yet at election time it has become a trendy policy all parties have said they will address. But in my experience, the promises for mental health end on election day, and services are still shamefully lacking.

2017: Rise Of The Drones, Failure Of The Government

Darren Jones | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Darren Jones

The position of the Government therefore needs to be that of an interventionist state - not of the type of generations gone by, but of a strategic, risk sharing state - advocating the policies required for the future, instead of trying to apply the old rules to the new economy.

The Urgent Question: How Do We Turn The Voting Public Back To The Centre-Left While Tackling Inequality?

E.P Anthony | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
E.P Anthony

Until the centre-left changes its thinking to better reflect working-class needs, they will become increasingly politically irrelevant, inequality will continue to increase, and working-class workers will turn to parties of the far-right who at least pretend to be listening to their concerns.

Scientific Ego And The Value Of Failure

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

We would get to Mars quicker by doing so. We would understand the consequences of fracking and geoengineering on our planet better by doing so. It would entirely adjust the way modern academic science operates. So where does this start? Who goes first discussing how they fail in their life tasks? Who damages their career and reputation first? Will you?

Does Evidence Make A Difference To People's Lives?

Nancy Hey | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Nancy Hey

There is strong evidence that brief music therapy is an effective way to support wellbeing in palliative care patients in hospitals. We also now know that there's initial evidence that music therapy has a positive effect on mood in post-stroke patients.

The UK Launch Of The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Highlights Why We Must Work Together To Support Breastfeeding

Amy Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Good quality education about breastfeeding - both for mothers and all staff who support them - is also a critical step. Our high use of formula milk in the 70s, 80s and 90s meant that we have lost a generation of breastfeeding knowledge.

Post-dialup Politics

Adam Hargreaves | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hargreaves

Time was when a newly elected head of state got a "honeymoon period"; a time to ride on the wave of national enthusiasm and renewal. With an electorate sick to the back teeth of the last lot, you got to capitalise on that positivity and get some of the unpleasant stuff done while people still like you. Not this time. In this age, the post-dialup age, your honeymoon period lasts about as long as a Snapchat. If that.

Rio Was A Roaring Success But What Next For The UK's Eleven Million Disabled People?

Stephen Duckworth | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Duckworth

While not criticising achievements of ParalympicsGB, might the 11 million people living with disabilities in the UK have been better served by the money invested in the Paralympic GB squad, and what kind of post-Olympic legacy are we to expect from this investment?

Can Bodycams Completely Prevent Unjustified Police Killings?

Paul McNeil | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Paul McNeil

If the public is paying the police to protect them, and also paying for such technological tools to help police enhance their safety and security, they should enjoy the right to have access to all the necessary information at such critical times of decision making.

May's Good Government

Adrian Brown | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Adrian Brown

Theresa May's speech at the Tory Party Conference espousing "the good that government can do" has been interpreted as a political land-grab reposition...

The Conservative Party's In A Right State

James Hargrave | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

If the language of this year's Conference was anything to go by, it's not just the UK's people who have "taken back control", it looks like the government plans to do the same. Energy, health, housing, the Conservative Party has plans for all. Time will obviously tell how hands-on they will be, but expect the changes to be incremental. As Jesse Norman MP, one of the new BEIS Ministers, said to one crowd, "there will be no great reveal."

'Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History' - Hillary, Unconventionally Strong And Historic Legacy

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Kenyon

Martin Luther King. Harvey Milk. Susan B. Anthony What do all of these people have in common? They were all unconventional, viewed as 'problems' and 'troublemakers' in contemporary society. They all faced large, increasing opposition. However, all of them made a difference. Just like the latter Hillary Clinton has already made a difference to the lives of millions...

Bye Bye Boozy Britain As No Alcohol Bars Show Drinking May Finally Be Going Out of Fashion

Lauren Booth | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

In Britain we have reached the stage in our relationship with booze best summed up as can't live with it and unable to live without it. As Theresa Ma...

The NHS For The Amazon Age

James Hargrave | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

When talking about the health service, it is often more prudent to use the language of theology rather than policy. Phrases such as "hands off our NHS" and "the NHS saved my life" are common place and demonstrate the reverence the British people have for it, and the personal ownership many of us feel we have over it. Nigel Lawson's adage that it is the closest thing we have to a national religion still rings true.

Is The Closure Of Fabric Another Nail In The Coffin For London's Creative Community?

Tom Roberts | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Tom Roberts

If we, the policymakers and the creative industry alike, don't take action I am worried the closure of Fabric will be just another nail in the coffin for London's creative people and the industry they inhabit.

The Future Of Education: There Are Two Things That Really Work

Lord Knight | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

We should focus on those two really hard jobs: how can we recruit and train, and keep training the profession? And how can we raise the ambitions of children for themselves?