To help improve public services, stop repeating past mistakes

, 4 August 2016

New leaders often want to shake things up and make their mark when taking on a new role. The new post-referendum administration is no different and a substantial level of uncertainty surrounds a whole sweep of policies and projects put in train by David Cameron’s government. But before Theresa May and the new Secretary...

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Devolution saves 6 billion plastic bags

, 1 August 2016

At first, the UK Government – for these purposes the Government of England – was a bag tax sceptic. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its expert advisers pointed to evidence to show that the life cycle benefits of reducing plastic bag use were ambiguous, and ministers did not want...

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The domestic politics of negotiating Brexit: EU money?

, 1 August 2016

The UK makes an average net contribution to the EU of £7.1bn. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), on average the UK Government contributes £12.7bn a year to the EU, and receives £5.6bn. This contribution was on average £3.6bn less than might have been expected based on the EU’s funding formula, because the...

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Hinkley falters?

, 29 July 2016

EDF’s highly anticipated final investment decision on Hinkley Point C – the £18bn project to build the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in 20 years – was taken yesterday after much speculation about the future of the deal in the aftermath of Brexit. But instead of getting on the train to today’s planned...

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Industrial relations: how to create an effective industrial strategy

, 29 July 2016

Theresa May’s machinery of government changes signified more than just a new focus on Brexit: the transformation of BIS into the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggested a return to industry-focused policymaking. And in his first announcement as Business Secretary, Greg Clark also promised a ‘comprehensive industrial strategy’. So if the end-goal is...

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Leaving the EU customs union: what is involved?

, 28 July 2016

A key issue from a trade perspective will be whether or not the UK stays in the EU customs union when it leaves the European Union (EU). The customs union is an important element of the EU Single Market. Under its rules, the EU operates as a trade bloc, operating common external tariffs and...

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