17th May 2008
The Health Hotel at Autumn Party Conferences
Are you planning on having a presence at the autumn Party political conferences?
Are you interested in health issues?
If the answer to either of these questions is “yes” then you then the Health Hotel may have a commercial opportunity suited to you.
The Health Hotel organises events at the three main autumn political Party Conferences on the top issues in health, attracting ministers, MPs and over 5000 health stakeholders.
As well as 12 fringes, a topical debate, a high profile reception and a members lounge, there is Health Zone offering free health tests in the exhibition. All Health Hotel activity takes place within the secure zone; at the heart of each Party Conference.
Details of commercial opportunities at the Health Hotel this year can be found on the following link http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1C480477618b76d012.cde
For further information please call Shonali Rodrigues or Neil Basing on 0207 330 9160.
15th May 2008
PASC Lobbying Inquiry Ministerial Evidence Session 22 May
The PASC Lobbying Inquiry will hear evidence on Thursday 22 May from: Tom Watson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Cabinet Office; Tom Harris MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport; and Mr Iain Wright MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government.
15th May 2008
LibDem Leader Publishes Parliamentary Expenses Dossier
Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, has voluntarily published his '07-'08 Parliamentary expenses, which includes over £7,000 claimed for renovating his constituency home under the second-home service and maintainence allowance. The submission notes that "The Service and Maintenance cost...covers extensive repair work that needed to be carried out on Nick Clegg’s Sheffield home. The property was bought in early 2006 and was in a neglected condition where the kitchen, living room and garden were in need of one-off repair work to make the house fit for normal use". Mr Clegg has also made public his submission to the Members Estimate Committee review of MPs’ pay and allowances.
14th May 2008
Brown Delivers Draft Legislative Programme
The Prime Minister has unveiled the Government’s Draft Legislative Programme for 2008/9 under the banner of 'Preparing Britain for the Future'. Speaking in the House of Commons, Gordon Brown spoke of doing more to help first-time buyers, a 'savings gateway' scheme for low earners and flexible working rights for parents. Covering four themes that 'reflect the core direction' of the current Labour Government', the 'draft Queen's Speech' covers: Economic Stability; Making the most of your potential; Personalisation and Improvement of Public Services; and Handing power back to the people. The Cabinet will be holding public meetings, hosting online discussions, and generally seeking the views of the public on the plans which include Bills on Welfare Reform, Banking Reform, Education and Skills, Agency Workers, Equalities, Immigration and Communications Data. Download the full document
13th May 2008
Chancellor Raises Personal Tax Allowance
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, has announced that the personal tax rate will be raised by £600 and the higher rate tax threshold also increased. The move is an attempt to off-set the removal of the 10p tax rate, and will be backdated to ensure it includes all income from the current tax year. Read the full statement here
13th May 2008
Cabinet Briefing Notes reveal Minister's House Price Fears
The BBC is reporting on housing price fears from Housing Minister Caroline Flint, after her Cabinet briefing papers were photographed on the way in to this morning's meeting. The notes say that "We can't know how bad it will get" and that "given present trends they will clearly show sizeable falls in prices later this year - at best down 5-10% year-on-year". Read all about it
13th May 2008
Digging up Roads: Council Powers to Fine Utility Companies
Transport Minister Rosie Winterton has annouced new powers that allow council financially to penalise utility companies through Fixed Penalty Notices when they do not provide proper notice that they intend to dig up roads. The Minister said "Disruption from street works costs the economy about £4.9 billion each year and ongoing roadworks are among road users' biggest concerns. These Fixed Penalty Notices are an additional new tool to encourage utility companies to give accurate and timely notices of works, thus helping councils co-ordinate street works, reducing disruption for road users, residents and businesses".
12th May 2008
London Mayor Hires Director of Communications
Guto Harri, the former BBC journalist, has resigned his post with the consultancy Fleishman Hillard and has accepted a job working for London Mayor, Boris Johnson. Harri is understood to be taking up the post of Director of Communications. Read all about it on the BBC and Iain Dale
12th May 2008
Govt Launches National Debate: Future of Care and Support Services
The Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, has launched a six month national debate about the future shape of care and support services. A Green Paper is expected in 2009. Johnson said "Society is going through huge change - care and support must adapt to meet the challenges this will bring because the current system is simply not sustainable in the long term. There is no option of a quick fix. Radical change is needed to bring together the range of activities, services and relationship that underpin care and support so that people are clear about what they are entitled to and how and where they can get it". Read all about it & visit the DoH site to Have Your Say
9th May 2008
NHS Next Stage Review Published 'Leading Local Change'
Lord Darzi, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department of Health, has published five pledges on change in the NHS through a new report 'Leading Local Change'. The pledges include that change will always be to the benefit of patients, will be clinically driven, and locally-led. The move comes ahead of his final report expected in June on the next stage of NHS reform. Lord Darzi said "Our nationwide listening events have shown me that patients, the public and NHS staff are not opposed to change in principle but want to ensure it is done to save lives and improve quality and is not driven by cost or politics".