UK Policy

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?

From Priti to Penny - Inheritance Issues and Insurance Policies

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

The new DWP Ministerial team has arrived as storm clouds gather. Stephen is spending more time with his family; whilst Priti is promoted. In their place we have a surfeit of Damians and a Penny, all settling down to bulging in-trays.

An Open Letter to Our Government: Early Years Needs Your Help

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Today nurseries are part of the infrastructure of a modern society. We merit the support of a government and politicians who, instead of spending time on their ideological battleground, should be supporting those people trying to run businesses which enable ordinary working families to work.

DWP Is a Tough Brief But One That Encompasses the Biggest Tests of Theresa May's Bold Commitments

Clare McNeil | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Politics
Clare McNeil

Dear Secretary of State for Work and Pensions... You will be at the helm of the Department for Work and Pensions in circumstances few would have predicted a few weeks ago: a worsening labour market and the prospect of a recession. Adjusting your department to this new reality should be your top priority.

Policymakers Must Rethink Their Approaches to Tacking Stroke

Martin Koehring | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

In order to meet global stroke-reduction targets, policymakers must rethink their approaches. One of the key areas identified in a recent EIU report o...

A Call to Arms (Or Pens) Against Anti-Intellectualism

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

"The pen is mightier than the sword" and "knowledge is power" are maxims that have inspired academics for generations to write journal papers, gain grant funding and give lectures. Unfortunately, neither politicians, media nor our population are inside our echo chamber.

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Consensus Launch: Developing the Ideas That Unite Us

Stefanie Lehmann | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Stefanie Lehmann

Our speakers, Jon Cruddas MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Councillor Sam Tarry, and Stephen Kinnock MP, didn't shy away from identifying some of the challenges we will face in trying to develop consensus on key issues.

Nothing to Learn From the Culture White Paper

Nigel Carrington | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

What does this mean? In the current climate, any government commitment to culture is an achievement. But the narrowness of that commitment is a strategy in itself. Withdrawal of government support for cultural education from primary, secondary and tertiary state education has consequences.

Redundancies Make Headlines - Missed Opportunities Should Too

Ben Hughes | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ben Hughes

Whenever a well-known business announces redundancies of hundreds of jobs it makes the headlines. We all understand the horrifying impact these kinds of decisions have on people and communities. So imagine where the UK's recovery would be without the 100,000 jobs that exist thanks to responsible finance lenders over the past 10 years.

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

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.02.2016 | 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-...

An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

Joeli Brearley | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Firstly, I do not believe that all employers behave like this out of malice, but out of ignorance. They panic, believing pregnancy could have a detrimental impact on their stability. Many are unaware of what the laws are.

Why the Greek Ultimatum Is Ultimately Idiotic

Maudie Fraser | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

The EU is about unity, alliance and mutual support, and I am a backer of it in that capacity, but this dog-eat-dog backstabbing is corroding its very foundations and questioning the validity of the very high regard in which the rest of the world holds us.

Road Code Violations is Britain's Rising Problem

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mohadesa Najumi

Speeding, or as many know it, the tax you pay for having trying to get somewhere too fast or for trying to impress a hot girl on your date. Britain h...

World Food Security - It's Time to Stop Ignoring the 'Beasts of Burden'

Petra Ingram | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Petra Ingram

Food security is a major global issue. There are many facets of this complex issue, but there is a critical one that continues to be overlooked. This blind spot amounts to ignoring one of the most useful aides to people in the developing world, and the loss of a huge opportunity for international development. It is the contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules.

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Corbyn's Wrong When It Comes to Education

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Of course we want young people to make the most of their lives through a well-rounded education, but under Corbyn's plan I worry this will not be the case. Instead, if a National Education Service is implemented, the reality is society will be going at the speed of the slowest, and this is in nobody's interest.

Reforming Apprenticeships - Four Tips for the Tories

Channon Zhangazha | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Channon Zhangazha

Apprenticeships are attracting a huge amounts of interest from across the political spectrum. We've come a long way from the days when Tony Blair is said to have joked that political interest in vocational education was such that he could make a declaration of war in a speech about skills and no-one would ever notice.

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Making the World a Better Place for Animals: Animal Rights or Animal Welfare Science?

Dr Mark Kennedy | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Dr Mark Kennedy

Many of us want to see a better world for animals. A world where animals are never cruelly and intentionally abused, where dogs are not pitted against...