The ‘Darzi Collaborative’: Why the AAC’s new Chair will give it some much-needed impetus

Today it was confirmed Lord Darzi will replace Sir Andrew Witty as Chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC). Led by NICE and drawing together 13 government departments, regulatory bodies and industry representatives, the AAC is tasked with “making the process of getting transformative technologies to patients quicker, cheaper and easier for innovators and theRead more

Beating the house: An investor’s guide to Labour’s housing policy

In many places across the UK the increase in house prices has earned more equity for owners than the average local salary. With such stellar growth it is no wonder housing assets continue to be of interest to large scale investors. Investment in housing has extended beyond the traditional arena of homes offered for retailRead more

‘Repeal the 8th’ comes to Westminster

In the wake of Ireland’s landslide 66% to 34% decision to repeal the 8th amendment of the Bunreacht na h’Éireann, which had barred any move to liberalise abortion law, there has been increasing pressure for similar changes in Northern Ireland. This is a totemic red line for the DUP. Any move to make abortion legalRead more

Clean air and a sustainable future for aviation

Last week saw publication of the government’s latest Clean Air Strategy draft. The plans will impact a wide range of sectors, among them aviation. Aviation is a small part of the problem. Landings and take-offs generate around 1 per cent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, with land operations and transport to and from airports contributing more.Read more

It’s not easy being smart: outlook for the smart meter roll-out

It is now ten years since the (then Labour) government confirmed it would roll-out smart meters to all UK homes. And with ten years behind us, and two until the 2020 deadline for roll-out, things aren’t fully going to plan. Yes, customers with a smart meter installed are happy, but organisational and technical problems abound.Read more