Growing pains – aviation capacity in the south-east

“Delay, prevarication and indecision” is how Heathrow Airport’s management body describes successive governments’ policy on expanding air capacity in south-east England. There is no lie in the claim that there has been consistent failure to address the lack of capacity in London airspace. The Davies commission, which has been charged with looking at the proposalsRead more

What next for online child protection?

Today David Cameron is making a speech in which he is widely expected to announce plans to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to automatically block access to pornography unless users specifically opt in. In addition, online porn depicting rape will be outlawed in England (it is already illegal in Scotland) and search engines will automaticallyRead more

What future for Private Rented Sector housing?

The Communities and Local Government Committee has today published its report into the private rented sector (PRS). Among the areas that the committee examined were the quality of PRS housing; the operation of discretionary licensing schemes; the length and security of tenancy agreements; and the interaction between housing benefit and rent. The Department for CommunitiesRead more

The WA team is expanding! Can you be a part of it?

We’re recruiting for an Account Director in our Health team, an Account Manager and an intern. If you’re interested in any of these roles, please contact us using the details below. Account Director – Health We’re looking for an Account Director to join our rapidly growing health practice. You will have relevant experience of workingRead more

Keogh’s mortality review sets the stage for 2015

With the dramatic backdrop of news that the established Liverpool Care Pathway for the dying patient is to be phased out, out of hours services verge on dangerous and the Care Quality Commission has covered up abuse; today’s mortality rates review raises many uncomfortable questions for and about the NHS. Following the Francis Report intoRead more

Francis Maude’s welcome Civil Service reforms

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude on Wednesday set out significant reforms to the UK civil service. Anyone working at the heart of government, including public affairs consultants like us, should find these deeply interesting. Maude’s proposals include fixed terms for permanent secretaries, who will also be selected by the Prime Minister, and rationalising HR andRead more