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General

Autumn Statement 2023 – Guidance for Submitting Representations

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.

Politics

What are the new rules for All-Party Parliamentary Groups?

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.

Transport

What is Labour’s Policy on Rail?

Labour has promised to bring the railways back into public ownership but the impact of the pandemic, underinvestment and industrial action will be challenging.

Technology

Navigating the Online Safety Bill

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.

Transport

What Is Labour’s Policy on Buses?

Labour have claimed that the Government’s bus service reforms don’t go far enough and have promised big changes if they win the next general election.

Health

UKHSA launches 10-year Science Strategy: key questions and answers

The UKHSA 10-year Science Strategy sets out how the UK Government will prepare and respond to future health security hazards and current threats to save lives. The new plan, Securing health and prosperity, examines how the UK can utilise its scientific capabilities – including genomics, data science, and diagnostics – to reduce harm, protect livelihoods and strengthen the overall capacity of health security.

Transport

Decarbonising Aviation and the Net Zero Challenge

Achieving net zero emissions in the UK by 2050 is one of the Government’s top policy goals. Decarbonising transport will be difficult, with aviation presenting perhaps the biggest challenge.

Brevia

Jonathan Mogford joins Brevia Health

Brevia Health has appointed Jonathan Mogford to its Advisory Board.  Jonathan brings a career’s experience of health, life sciences and regulation, both nationally and internationally, including more than 10 years corporate executive leadership as Policy Director in the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), alongside wider experience in the Department of Health and Social Care, and the European Commission.

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