The UK’s political parties held their annual Party Conferences in September and October this year. They provided an opportunity to promote their policies and outline their respective political agendas ahead of the upcoming general election.
With Labour looking closer to power than it has been since 2010, the Party was emboldened and Conference was busy. Below Brevia has summarised the key takeaways and policy developments from Labour Party Conference 2023.
Conservative Party politicians, delegates and activists headed to Manchester for the Party’s annual conference. Below Brevia has summarised the key takeaways and policy developments.
The UK has emerged as a prominent player in AI, with a thriving market and a projected value of £803.7 billion by 2035. However, the rapid pace of AI development has raised questions about regulatory frameworks and the Government’s capacity to manage this innovation effectively.
Housing supply in the UK is too low, but both main parties are divided on the issue. How will they navigate this in the next General Election campaign?
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has agreed to a deal for millions of life-saving vaccines to be produced in the UK if a future influenza pandemic is ever declared.
HM Treasury has now opened its representations portal for the Autumn Statement 2023. Autumn Statement 2023 representations are a valuable means of influencing government policy so organisations should make the most of this opportunity. With a general election expected next year, this is likely to be one of the last fiscal statements before an election is held.
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups formed of MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament, however, concerns have arisen over their transparency and susceptibility to undue influence. To address these concerns, the House of Commons Committee on Standards launched an inquiry in October 2020, and new rules on APPGs were agreed to by the House on 19 July 2023.
The Government announced in March 2023 a significant update in the tax relief system for video game companies, with the replacement of Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) by the new Video Games Expenditure Credit (VGEC).
Labour has promised to bring the railways back into public ownership but the impact of the pandemic, underinvestment and industrial action will be challenging.
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The Online Safety Bill, also known as the Online Harms Bill, has been designed to address the issue of harmful content on the internet and ensure a safer online environment. This legislation is poised to have significant implications, extending beyond major technology corporations to affect a multitude of businesses nationwide.