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Issues and priorities for UK defence

The UK faces a fast-changing defence landscape at time when new threats and new technologies require that we focus closely on key priorities, work closely with allies, and provide the appropriate resources for our armed services. The recently published government ‘Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy’ is a widely scoped prospectus which

Infrastructure projects could lead the economic recovery from the pandemic

Most business people see that the pandemic has caused serious damage to some important sectors like hospitality and aviation. Furthermore, it is clear that we need to expand other sectors such as renewable energy, construction and digital infrastructure to address climate change and preserve employment and prosperity levels. They are less clear about government strategy

Paying for the pandemic

Is rapidly paying back pandemic borrowings an economic priority or a political red herring? This was an underlying question when Bridget Phillipson MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and leading economists Andrew Smith and Josh Ryan-Collins discussed ‘Paying for the the Pandemic’ at a recent Industry Forum virtual round table. Government decisions on borrowings, taxes

A post-pandemic transport transformation?

We had the transport ‘A team’ at an Industry Forum virtual roundtable on, ‘A Post-covid transport transformation?’. Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Jim McMahon MP, kicked off the event. Sector speakers were Andy Bagnall, Director General at the Rail Delivery Group; Katy Taylor, Chief Strategy and Customer Officer, Go-Ahead bus group; Nigel Milton, Director

An integrated approach to pensions and benefits in recovering from the pandemic

The pandemic has transformed levels of state support for personal incomes and benefits, and highlighted some current and past shortcomings in such support. Key questions now relate to the withdrawal of emergency support and the need for for a future, more rational, and perhaps more generous approach to pensions and benefits. To explore such issues,

Implications of the new UK National Security and Investment Bill

Shadow Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Stephen Kinnock MP, today led a wide-ranging Industry Forum panel discussion on ‘The implications of the new National Security and Investment Bill’. The other speakers were David Offenbach, Legal Consultant at Simons Muirhead & Burton, LLP; Creon Butler, Director of the Global Economy and Finance Programme,