16th November 2007
Housing & Regeneration Bill
Housing Minister Yvette Cooper has launched the Housing and Regeneration Bill. The new Bill intends to make good on the Government's pledge to build 3 million more affordable and greener new homes by the year 2020. Primarily this is to aid first-time buyers and families.
15th November 2007
AS Biss merges with Republic PR to form Mandate Communications
Public affairs consultancy AS Biss & Co has announced a merger with corporate and consumer PR consultancy Republic PR to form a new company, Mandate Communications. Sacha Deshmukh, AS Biss managing director becomes the CEO of Mandate, whilst Republic’s joint managing director Jane Howard takes up the role of chairman. The new managing directors of Mandate are Gavin Devine (formerly of AS Biss) and Deborah Lewis. Mandate has been formed as part of Engine Group, which owns AS Biss & Co and has acquired Republic PR. Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Mandate Communications, comments: “Organisations today have to communicate on so many levels, and with so many different audiences, that a coherent approach is vital. Too often they have problems being noticed, but at Mandate we aim to solve that and then take them to the next level beyond it: not just noticed, but admired.”
13th November 2007
Conservative 'Localist' Democracy Plan for Taxpayers
In a speech at the Young Foundation in Bethnal Green, Conservative Leader David Cameron outlined party plans that would ensure councils formally consult the people before introducing large council tax rises. Through local referendum, councils would need to explain the reasons behind high tax hikes together with producing draft fallback budgets for implementation if their proposed plans are not approved. Pursuing a "localist" agenda, the Tories claim such a “democratisation of council tax” would also lead to local taxpayers who voted against a rise being credited with a rebate to their next year's bill.
13th November 2007
LibDems name London Mayoral Candidate
Brian Paddick has been named as the LibDem candidate for London Mayor. Paddick is the former Metropolitan Police’s deputy assistant commissioner. After winning 73% of the first preference votes in the party’s ballot of London members, he said “Less crime, better transport, cleaner air and fewer Londoners living in poverty are all crucial in making sure that London remains one of the most exciting cities in the world”.
12th November 2007
UK Research & Development Scoreboard
The annual Research & Development Scoreboard has been published by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (in collaboration with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform). The figures show that leading UK firms spent close to £21 billion on R&D during 2006, reflecting a rise of 9%.
9th November 2007
Glasgow to host 2014 Commonwealth Games
Meeting at its General Assembly in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the 71-country strong Commonwealth Games Federation has awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow. The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi in 2010.
9th November 2007
Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill
BERR Secretary of State John Hutton has brought forward measures through the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill aimed at cutting red tape, ensuring consistency across local authority regulators in law enforcement and cracking down on rogue businesses. The Government estimates the measures could save businesses over £100 million each year, and also includes the creation of the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) that will provide expert advice for central Government on the way local authorities regulate.
8th November 2007
Taylor appointed as Drayson quits for Motor Racing
The Rt Hon Baroness Taylor of Bolton has been appointed as Minister for Defence Equipment and Support. The move follows the resignation of Lord Drayson from the post - taking a leave of absence from Government to pursue his motor racing dream of qualifying for the Le Mans 24-hour race.
7th November 2007
Stakeholder Reactions to Queen's Speech
6th November 2007
The Queen's Speech has outlined the Government's forthcoming legislative agenda and included: apprenticeship reform; education and training for all until the age of 18; counter-terrorism; ciminal justice and immigration; affordable housing; human embryology; employer pension contributions; clean energy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions; public transport and; citizenship.