What does the Consumer Markets Green Paper mean for utilities?

Putting the government’s rhetoric on markets into action Last week’s publication of the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper is the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s long-awaited attempt to set out how government can ensure consumers can get a better deal. The document – with roots going back nearly two years – sets outRead more

Is fracking back?

The UK has moved one step closer to a ‘fracking future’. Last week homegrown firm Cuadrilla successfully drilled the first national horizontal shale well since 2011 at a site in Lancashire. The company has also announced it is now beginning work on a second horizontal exploration well, with the aim for both sites to beRead more

Take it back now: How Labour would nationalise energy

Recent years have provided respite for those who thought Down’s median voter theory – that democratically elected parties converge towards the centre – was fine and good but basically quite boring. On the left, the Labour Party has shifted its position on fundamental issues like the role of the state in the economy. As weRead more

Hitting the target: where now for precision medicines?

Today (10th April 2018) WA Health has launched a new insight report on precision medicines, Hitting the target: Where now for precision medicines? In recent years precision medicines have become increasingly common as our understanding of disease, particularly cancer, has become more advanced. For example, lung cancer, once described as a single disease, is nowRead more

8 things you need to know about NICE’s changes to its appraisal process

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has this week published its updated guide to its health technology appraisal (HTA) process following two rounds of consultations over the last six months. The aim of these changes is to streamline and accelerate the appraisal process. This consultation process has been very low key andRead more