Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about Ofgem announcing its energy price cap for Q4 2022, Treasury Select Committee Chair Mel Stride penning a letter to the Chancellor and the OBR regarding an emergency budget, and the latest meeting of the National Drought Group.
Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about Labour’s plan to address the cost of living crisis, the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ intervention into the Conservative Party leadership contest, and Liz Truss’s most recent criticism of the UK’s devolved powers.
Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about Cornwall Insight’s latest predictions on the retail energy price cap, the Scottish Government’s legal case to hold another independence referendum on 19 October 2023, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s recent comments on the energy crisis.
Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak facing criticism for their latest policy proposals, and the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates to 1.75 per cent.
Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about the infringement procedures launched by the EU against the UK, the latest developments in the Conservative Party leadership contest, and the BEIS Committee report published this week on Energy Pricing and the Future of the Energy Market.
Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about the latest from the Conservative Party leadership contest, the publication of the Forde report on factionalism in the Labour Party, and the announcement of the UK’s consumer price inflation for June 2022.
Brevia Consulting is providing a weekly round-up and analysis of the UK headlines. This week, read about the timeline and frontrunners of the Conservative party leadership contest and the motion of confidence tabled by the Government this week.
After several weeks of reported delays, disagreements and leaks, the Government has finally published its Energy Security Strategy. Crucially, the Strategy provides us with an insight into the main influences and influencers of this Government. With the next general election a mere two years away, the Prime Minister appears to be moving away from the climate focus seen at COP26. Instead focusing on internal party politics and maintaining support within the Conservative . Below, Brevia has unpacked some of the telling signs of what is currently influencing Government direction on energy policy.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has changed the world. The ways it has done so are yet to be fully understood. Many of our post Cold War assumptions have been upended: Germany has abandoned its longstanding policy of maintaining a limited armed forces to commit €100 billion to defence spending; Switzerland has departed from its historical neutrality to apply sanctions to Russia; Finland is now openly discussing NATO membership and things we had assumed would never happen continue to do so on a daily basis. Set against the human tragedy that is unfolding in Ukraine, these events can seem small or insignificant in comparison. Nonetheless, they are likely to have enduring consequences for everyone in Europe. Particularly when it comes to how Europe, including the UK, powers itself.
Last week, the Government published its long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper. The White Paper goes some way to answering the vexed question of ‘What is levelling up?’, by setting out twelve missions the Government hopes to accomplish by 2030. In addition, the Paper sets out a framework for extending devolution in England which could increase the transparency of the process. However, new funding commitments are thin on the ground, and critics suggest the Government has not provided enough money for Levelling Up to succeed.
The Government has delivered on its commitment to publish its remaining net zero strategy documents ahead of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, with two weeks to spare. The Heat and Buildings Strategy, Net Zero Spending Review, as well as the overarching Net Zero Strategy were all published this week, albeit following months of delay. Publishing these documents was seen as crucial to the UK’s preparations ahead of hosting the summit. Despite this, the success of the conference continues to be riddled with uncertainty and doubts.
Last week Brevia Energy released the findings of its audit of the Government’s 2020 Energy White Paper. The results, which were covered by Energy Live News, highlighted how nearly half of the commitments included in the Energy White Paper have been hit or look likely to be reached. However, the research also showed that answers to the ‘Who Pays?’ question remain needed. With the Government expected to publish both its Net Zero Strategy and Heat and Buildings strategy soon, greater detail on that may be soon forthcoming. That is likely to provoke debate about the direction of policy and open new fronts for businesses to make their case about how the net zero transition should be delivered.