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

What to expect from stage 2 of the Childhood Obesity Strategy

“The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots,” George Orwell. In Autumn 2015 I attended a meeting with then Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and a coalition of charity representatives. There, the Minister told attendees that if the upcoming Childhood Obesity Strategy delivered ‘everything but’ a sugar tax,Read more

Theresa May’s Brexit roadmap: What does it actually mean?

A hallmark of Theresa May’s government to date has been the creation of policy vacuums which allow others, usually her opponents, to shape the political narrative. In this context, today’s speech from the Prime Minister on Brexit was essential to regain the initiative – from those both in Europe and domestically who have a differentRead more

Pandora’s Box? The independent review of post-18 education and funding

A mere six weeks ago the government launched its ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan to much fanfare, as a means of giving the Conservative Party a ‘caring’ rebrand. The Prime Minister said in no uncertain terms that the next generation will enjoy “a healthy and beautiful natural environment which we can all enjoy…[and] this planRead more

The Government’s approach to Brexit – A roadmap to what?

Boris Johnson this week kicked-off a series of speeches by senior members of Government over the next fortnight, aimed at setting out a “Roadmap to Brexit”. It was not the greatest start. The Foreign Secretary used Valentine’s Day to issue a rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate. He warned againstRead more