WA Quarterly Energy Briefing – Summer 2013

The last three months have been a busy period for energy policy in the UK. We have learnt more about the Government’s intentions on Electricity Market Reform, 2030 EU energy targets, community benefits and planning issues for shale, onshore renewables and nuclear, the future of biomass and more. At the same time there has beenRead more

WA report: Online child protection July 2013

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

WA Energy Briefing July 2013

Following the Chancellor’s Spending Review, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP has announced a range of policy developments intended to stimulate infrastructure investment. This has been accompanied by a flurry of more detailed announcements on electricity market reform and other issues from DECC, Ofgem and National Grid. Our Energy Briefing provides anRead more

Spending Review Briefing June 2013

We review the key announcements in the Chancellor’s low-key Spending Review. It was, to borrow from Thomas Hobbes, is nasty, brutish and short. But the interesting work in taming the Leviathan of state spending for the long term has now started in earnest.  

Digital Economy Act Briefing June 2013

The Digital Economy Act was passed just before the 2010 election. In this briefing we examine why the Act has not come into effect yet, and explore the what implementation would mean for ISPs, Wi-Fi providers, content hosts and end users. We’ll also look at alternative approaches the government could take to tackling online piracy.Read more