Why are trade deals so controversial?

Despite the economic benefits of trade, ratification of new trade deals such as CPTPP have proved controversial for various reasons.


Spring Budget: 4 key takeaways for the energy sector

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP delivered what is expected to be his final Spring Budget. Whilst net zero was not a key theme of the speech, energy security and nuclear were given prominent focus and despite being conspicuously absent from his speech, the Budget announced the setting of a £1bn+ budget for this year’s renewable auctions.


Mark Bassett joins Brevia Health

Brevia Health has appointed Mark Bassett as an Associate. Mark brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare advisory and leadership roles, including as Group Director of Public Policy at Bupa Group. 


What can we expect from the Spring Budget?

On Wednesday 6 March, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is set to deliver the Spring Budget, outlining the Government’s stance on taxation, spending, borrowing, and debt. This fiscal event provides updates from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), an independent body monitoring public finances.


What is the NHS Vaccination Strategy?

On 13 December 2023, NHS England announced an updated Vaccination Strategy following calls from pharmaceutical companies and trade bodies for a national Vaccination Strategy to tackle issues of accessibility, misinformation, and distrust around vaccination.


What are the implications of the UK’s Civil Nuclear Roadmap for industry?

The UK Government’s target of deploying 24GW of nuclear generation capacity by 2050 confirms the key role it sees nuclear playing in the UK’s net zero transition. However, it is nearly 30 years since the most recent plant, Sizewell B, came online and Hinkley Point C will not be generating electricity until at least 2029. A significant step change is required.


What happened in this week’s by-elections?

This week’s by-elections in Kingswood and Wellingborough have delivered blows to the Conservative Party, with Labour securing victories in both constituencies. The outcomes mark the end of another tumultuous week in British politics as voters went to the polls to fill the vacancies left by former Conservative MPs Chris Skidmore and Peter Bone.


What is Labour’s Life Sciences Plan?

On 30 January 2024, Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Peter Kyle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, launched Labour’s new Life Sciences Strategy at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst. The new plan seeks to reform and modernise the NHS as well as capture the economic potential in the life sciences sector, supporting one of Labour’s key missions for the UK to have the highest sustained growth in the G7.


What do the new boundary changes mean for the General Election?

The new boundary changes mean the next general election will be fought across new constituencies. Drawing on recommendations from independent Boundary Commissions, the new changes aim to enhance constituency equality, but they also have an impact on the upcoming General Election.


2024 is the year Labour prepares for government

With a general election approaching and Labour ahead in the polls, the Party is now using the time before the election to prepare for the practicalities of governing, which will require making tough decisions, especially on spending.

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