Motoring ahead: policy priorities for metro mayors

Voters in Scotland, Wales and swathes of England will go to the polls in May to elect their local authority councillors. For the first time, voters in six English regions will also elect mayors for their new combined authorities. Each combined authority has struck its own unique devolution deal with central government, with some significantRead more

Westminster Advisers shortlisted for Consultancy Campaign of the Year in Public Affairs Awards 2016

Westminster Advisers is delighted to have been shortlisted for Consultancy Campaign of the Year in the Public Affairs Awards 2016 for our work with the Cycle to Work Alliance, a coalition of leading providers of the cycle to work scheme. Westminster Advisers worked with the Alliance to protect the scheme from the Government’s plans toRead more

The end of the gig economy?

The ruling that Uber drivers should be classed as employees rather than self-employed contractors is the latest development in a long-running debate about the nature of the flexible workforce in the UK. The growth of the so-called ‘gig economy’, whereby workers are contracted on a temporary basis or for short-term or flexible engagement, has meantRead more

Taking away the politics: What difference will the National Infrastructure Commission make?

Westminster Advisers was delighted to recently host Sir John Armitt for a breakfast discussion on ‘Delivering greater certainty for UK infrastructure’ and the work of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). As one of the UK’s most successful engineers and former Head of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Sir John has presided over some of the UK’sRead more

BUILDING GEORGE’S LEGACY

The Chancellor’s party conference speech this week confirmed his desire to leave a legacy: transforming the UK economy and altering the long-term perception of the Conservative Party. Infrastructure is key to this vision of a high skilled, high pay economy with increased productivity. Whether this can be achieved will depend to a significant extent onRead more

READY FOR TAKE – OFF?

The political agenda has been dominated in recent weeks by international issues. Greece, Tunisia and European migration have been the main topics of discussion in the corridors of Whitehall and Westminster. Tomorrow, the focus will briefly shift to Britain’s trade with Europe and the rest of the world. Sir Howard Davies, who was appointed threeRead more

Women in transport – changing the perceptions of the industry

Westminster Advisers was delighted to partner with Women in Rail this week for a breakfast event looking at the gender imbalance in the transport industry, and what can or should be being done by both businesses and policymakers to make transport a more appealing and welcoming sector able to attract and retain women. We wereRead more

High Speed 1 at 20: Lessons learned for HS2

This week saw the 20th anniversary of the completion of High Speed 1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), arguably one of the most important civil engineering projects of the last 100 years. Whilst few would disagree that the Channel Tunnel remains an outstanding feat of construction, its delivery was not without its difficulties, andRead more