UK Policy

Families Are Caring More, Not Less

Helena Herklots | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Helena Herklots

Comments are often made that we have become a 'less caring' society and that families are 'caring less'. However, the facts are in the opposite direction - families are caring more, not less, and that trend has been continuing over the last 20 years. The overall number of carers has increased by around 1 million over the past 15 years, from 5.8 million to an estimated 6.8 million. Over a decade, numbers of carers grew by 11% - far outstripping population growth.

Making Room For Youth Voices On The Policy Stage

Sophie Healy-Thow | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Healy-Thow

That blunt email response sparked my accidental activism on this topic. But I'd love for a day to come when it's no longer necessary; when policymakers taking decisions which will impact the next generation ask for our input by default, and take our contributions seriously. So many of us are raring for the chance to see our ideas translated into real, tangible policies. Give us a seat at the table, and we'll show you what we're made of.

Augmenting Our Mental Health

James Hargrave | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

Chaise longue are old hat in psychology now, Minecraft and Pokémon Go are in. I'm not being facetious, gaming is now a genuine, credible avenue for exploring new approaches to mental health.

Learning In The Dark - Is Our School Curriculum Fit For The Future

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Weir OBE

It's September and my social media is jam packed with photos of children heading back to school. For some, it is the very first time they will enter our education system. But what many of them don't know is that the jobs they will eventually find and settle into later down the line are not the jobs that exist today. 65% of children entering primary school this month will work in jobs in the future we don't even know about yet.

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?

Home Grown Trafficking

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK
Baroness Mary Goudie

Human trafficking can effect anyone, at anytime. It is a grave crime based on exploitation and is often masterminded by criminal gangs. It is progress that we are now aware that human trafficking is not just something that happens to people born into poverty or war, but could happen to anyone.

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 18.10.2017 | 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...