Forever in your debt

The bitter Phil 1.4 per cent in 2018, 1.3 in 2019, and 1.3 again for 2020. The uninspiring growth forecasts announced by the Chancellor at the Autumn Budget have left many pessimistic about the outlook for the economy, and the search for any markets showing signs of growth within the gloom even more acute. AndRead more

Careers advice: for life, not just Christmas

Perverse incentives Since the universal Careers Service was established in the Employment and Training Act (1973), successive governments’ policies on careers advice have undergone several reforms. Fundamental to each has been the ambition to overcome the divide between academic and vocational education, dispelling the myth that academic education is suitable for all. The basic modelRead more

Sector Deal or No Deal? The Verdict on the Government’s Plan for Life Sciences

The life sciences sector is the jewel in the crown of British industry and has been for some time. It outperforms all others in terms of productivity and growth, making it the teacher’s pet of the Industrial Strategy and a beacon for how industry and government can collaborate successfully on big-ticket issues such as genomicsRead more

Bricks and mortar

From Lloyd George’s ‘Homes Fit for Heroes’ campaign after WWI to Margaret Thatcher’s ‘right-to-buy’ revolution in the 1980s, repeated UK governments have attempted to transform the UK housing market through ambitious policy proposals. Theresa May’s government now looks to have followed in their footsteps if last week’s ambitious Budget announcement outlining plans to build 300,000Read more

Sinéad Connor

Sinéad joined the WA Health team in December 2017. She has a strong background in public affairs and healthcare having worked for the NHS Confederation for four years and latterly as a Network and Project Manager at NHS Clinical Commissioners, the membership organisation for CCGs. Here she gained a deep understanding of the commissioning landscapeRead more