19th February 2008
Darling's Northern Rock Statement
Read the Chancellor of the Exchequer's statement on Northern Rock made on 18 February in the House of Commons.
19th February 2008
Federation of Small Businesses '08 Budget Submission
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called upon the Government to lay off small businesses in the 2008 Budget. Through its annual submission to the Treasury on behalf of some 210,000 members, the FSB has recommended action to curb the proposed fuel rise charge and is firmly opposed to the Government’s draconian attack on the tax arrangements of family firms. The 2008 Budget Submission comes at a time when small business confidence in the Government is at its lowest ebb. Download the Submission here.
18th February 2008
Government Releases WMD Draft Dossier
An early unpublished draft of the September 2002 Dossier on ‘Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction’ has been published by the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband. The draft, prepared by the FCO's John Williams, contains no reference to the now infamous claim that Iraq may have been capable of launching weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes. The publication follows the Freedom of Information Act request by Christopher Ames in February 2005 and the subsequent Information Tribunal appeal case ruling against the Government from January 2008.
18th February 2008
Home Office Publishes Violent Crime Action Plan
The Home Office has launched the Violent Crime Action Plan focussing solely on crimes involving serious violence and featuring innovative new methods for stopping these crimes. Setting out what the Government, police and local agencies, working together will do over the next three years to cut crimes including murder, gun and gang crime, sexual and domestic violence, 'Saving Lives. Reducing Harm. Protecting the Public.' includes key actions such as: providing police with 100 portable knife-detecting scanners and 400 search wands; prosecuting knife carriers and levying tougher sentences for knife crimes; the release of more information about offenders’ convictions to certain members of the public.
15th February 2008
BBC Political Journalist to Join Fleishman-Hillard
Fleishman-Hillard has announced that Guto Harri, BBC Political Correspondent, will join the Public Affairs team in London as Senior Policy Adviser. Harri has worked across the broad range of BBC radio, television and online, reporting for more than a decade on major political developments in Britain. Harri was Chief Political Correspondent at BBC News 24 in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq and returned to the UK last year to take over the political coverage of the BBC Six O’clock TV news.
14th February 2008
UK Space Sector: the Continuing Frontier
The British National Space Centre (BNSC) has published the 'UK Civil Space Strategy: 2008 - 2012 and beyond' which includes new proposals for the UK’s continued involvement in the international space sector, currently contributing around £7 billion to the UK economy. Ian Pearson, Science and Innovation Minister, said "Space technology is a vital part of our everyday life and satellite communications and space technology provide strong business opportunities for the future."
13th February 2008
UK Employment Rate Increases to 'Record High'
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data showing UK unemployment rates continuing to fall and 175,000 more people finding a job in the last three months. The ONS findings note that the "trend in the employment rate is increasing but the trends in the unemployment and inactivity rates are falling". The employment level currently stands at a record high with almost 29.4 million people in work. Employment Minister Stephen Timms commented “These figures show we continue to have a strong and stable labour market with both record numbers in employment and the lowest claimant count for 32 years".
12th February 2008
Charity Commission Concerned over Housing and Regeneration Bill Proposals
The Charity Commission has raised concerns about proposals in the Housing and Regeneration Bill that could have serious implications for charitable housing associations, including undermining the independence of charities and forcing them into carrying out activities that might lead to the loss of their charitable status. The Charity Commission is the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales.
11th February 2008
Defra Raises Bar on Waste Recovery & Recycling Targets
The Department for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed an increase in the UK's packaging waste recovery and recycling targets from 2008 and are designed to save more CO2 emissions than stated in the originally published targets in last year's 'Consultation on recycling targets for packaging for 2008 and thereafter'. The targets will continue to increase over the next two years, leading to expected savings of 258,097 tonnes of CO2 in 2009 and a furtherl 285,436 tonnes in 2010.
8th February 2008
Lobbying Inquiry Hears Evidence from Lobbying Industry Representatives
Listen to the Evidence Session from the Public Administration Select Committee Lobbying Inquiry on Thursday 7 February. The Inquiry took oral evidence from Rod Cartwright, Head of the Public Affairs Committee, Public Relations Consultants Association; Gill Morris, Chair, Association of Professional Political Consultants and; Lionel Zetter, Immediate Past President, Chartered Institute of Public Relations.