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A new government-backed venture capital fund would boost UK productivity

2 September 2016

At the first cabinet meeting since the summer recess, Theresa May gave a list of crucial government reforms. Near the top of the list was the need to tackle the UK’s ongoing productivity problem. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will play a crucial role in addressing this problem. In 2015, SMEs accounted for 60 per… [Read More]

Two months after the Brexit vote, what’s the outlook for housebuilding?

25 August 2016

In housing, all eyes are on the major builders for signs of their reaction to the Brexit vote. Will they reduce output in response to the uncertainty, or will they plough ahead as if nothing’s happened? Equally important, however, is where we were in the months leading up to the referendum. The latest quarterly figures, published… [Read More]

Why have we built so few homes on surplus public sector land?

20 July 2016

In his first outing in the Commons as Communities and Local Government Secretary this week, Sajid Javid described the green belt as “absolutely sacrosanct”. He was only reiterating the position of the new prime minister, Theresa May, on this subject but he was more than happy to drive the point home. This will anger a lot… [Read More]

Longer working hours, fewer staff available? The post-Brexit NHS

28 June 2016

The first thing to be quite clear about is that the NHS is not going to get another £350 million a week to add to its budget. Such a figure ignores the money that the UK receives back from the EU in rebates, reducing the figure by at least £200 million. The balance would have to be shared by… [Read More]

Would the NHS be safer without the European Working Time Directive?

15 June 2016

As the EU referendum draws near and the possible repercussions for the NHS following a British exit become a polemical topic of discussion, it is pertinent to ask what issues might most affect the NHS? One piece of legislation affects the NHS more than any other: the European Working Time Directive (EWTD). Introduced in 2009,… [Read More]

Post-Brexit trade negotiations will be less fearsome than imagined

13 June 2016

By Michael Burrage Roberto Azevêdo, the WTO’s director-general entered the debate about Brexit in an interview with the Financial Times. It attracted wide media attention partly because he issued a stark warning that ‘pretty much all of the UK’s trade [with the world] would somehow have to be negotiated.’ And also because his bluster seemed… [Read More]

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