With politicos up and down the country packing their bags for the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences, the team at Westminster Advisers has conducted an analysis of the parties’ fringe programmes. In our Open Season analysis we look at why certain politicians are more conspicuous than others at fringe events, and why someRead more
Last week, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published its long-awaited White Paper. The document is designed to pave the way for legislation to update the 2003 Communications Act. In this briefing we examine what’s in the White Paper, and what it means for companies and consumers.
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, wifi providers, content hosts and end users. We’ll also look at alternative approaches the government could take to tackling online piracy.Read more
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
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
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
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.
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