Jeremy Hunt: The Scorecard

When you reach a significant milestone in any job, people start to use the ‘L’ word: Legacy. Have you achieved what you set out to? How do you compare to your predecessors? Did you truly make your mark? This week Jeremy Hunt became the second longest serving Health Secretary in history, overtaking Labour’s Aneurin Bevan,Read more

Pandora’s Box? The independent review of post-18 education and funding

A mere six weeks ago the government launched its ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan to much fanfare, as a means of giving the Conservative Party a ‘caring’ rebrand. The Prime Minister said in no uncertain terms that the next generation will enjoy “a healthy and beautiful natural environment which we can all enjoy…[and] this planRead more

Dial 114 for funds, the cracks in local authority finance

Conservative run Northamptonshire Council has become the first local authority in two decades to signal it is close to bankruptcy. The council issued a section 114 notice this month banning expenditure on all services except those it has a statutory obligation to provide to safeguard vulnerable people. The Council Leader cited “severe financial challenges” sayingRead more

The Government’s approach to Brexit – A roadmap to what?

Boris Johnson this week kicked-off a series of speeches by senior members of Government over the next fortnight, aimed at setting out a “Roadmap to Brexit”. It was not the greatest start. The Foreign Secretary used Valentine’s Day to issue a rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate. He warned againstRead more

From Good Friday to Ash Wednesday – is this the end for Stormont?

Last night, the talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin to reform the Stormont Executive spectacularly collapsed again, as the parties failed to come to an agreement on a range of issues, in particular the combustible issue of the status of the Irish language. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, said that there was noRead more

Can pharma get the right treatment? Brexit and the pharmaceutical industry

As Brexit draws closer, sectors are coming to terms with the implications of what separation may mean. The pharmaceutical industry was not one that attracted vast attention at the start of the negotiating process, with banking and farming taking up more column inches. However, as time has progressed the press, politicians and the sector itselfRead more

Made of sticks or bricks? UK housing policy in 2018

Last year was housing policy’s coming of age. Before 2017, it was always on the radar yet in peripheral view, never quite attracting the political attention many within the industry believed it deserved. All this changed, however, when last year Theresa May declared solving the UK’s housing crisis as her “mission”, moving housing confidently upRead more