Here today, gone tomorrow: What is the impact of the government abandoning no-deal preparation legislation?

As the country was watching mystified at last night’s extraordinary antics in the House of Commons, it was easy to forget that the prorogation of Parliament has a greater impact than simply making a lot of MPs furious. Buried beneath all the ceremony and speeches, is the reality that five key bills designed to preventRead more

A taxing question: is globalisation compatible with national sovereignty?

Amid the political turmoil surrounding Brexit, you would be forgiven for missing the recent row about British Crown Dependencies and financial transparency. On 4 March, the House of Commons was due to vote on the Financial Services Bill, a piece of legislation concerning the regulation of financial services in the event of a ‘no deal’Read more

Blind faith or regulatory teeth: how can the UK’s regulators stop rising consumer bills?

For millions of consumers across the UK, the findings in this week’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) would have come as no surprise. Faced with rising costs – resulting for many in rising debt levels – consumers are feeling the pinch in their pockets and an overwhelming feeling they are getting ripped off.Read more

Retail therapy: Another market that needs fixing?

You would be forgiven for thinking that something isn’t quite right when the Great British tradition of shopping fails to materialise over the Christmas period. The cautious spending habits of consumers highlights a worrying trend for the UK’s retail sector. With business rates set to rise and the country facing the cliff edge of aRead more

Stockpiling highlights the risks of Brexit uncertainty

Confirmation that the government was planning to stockpile food and medicine in the event of a “no deal Brexit” caused consternation and talk of panic buying. Should the UK leave without a deal, it will fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, meaning that all goods that enter the UK from the EU willRead more

300,000 is the magic number, but how do we reach our new homes target?

Lack of supply. Affordability squeeze. Generation rent. Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis, which the government believes will be solved by building at least 300,000 new homes a year. The unenviable task of delivering these new homes has been bestowed upon Homes England. Yet as a country, we haven’t built anywhere nearRead more

Brexit: The one year countdown begins. What do you need to be looking out for over the next 12 months?

It’s exactly one year until the UK officially leaves the EU. Many are saying we are further along than expected. The EU agreed to move onto phase two of the negotiations back in December, and this month we saw the UK secure a provisional deal on transition. But before we get too carried away, what’sRead more

Carilion’s collapse: 60 days later – our recommendations to businesses

A continuing crisis   The pace at which things continue to develop around Carillion’s collapse is rapid, as is – rightly – the response from those organisations it concerns. Whatever their reaction, the fallout is set to fundamentally change the relationship between the public and private sector in the commissioning of contracts, with reforms andRead more