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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,

Opportunities and issues for post Brexit international trade

The Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, led an Industry Forum discussion on ‘Opportunities and issues for post Brexit international trade’. In the context of health, climate, and economic emergencies, and the advent of a new US administration, the meeting, held under the Chatham House rule, focused on the

The key role of housing in recovery from the pandemic

The Covid 19 pandemic has had a disastrous impact on some business sectors such as leisure, travel, and commercial property. Residential building and construction has, however, largely kept going, house prices have not so far collapsed, and working from home has increased awareness of the need for adequate accommodation. Neither a home office, nor a

Getting higher education right for the 21st Century

As pandemic restrictions continue they are increasing the number of issues affecting all aspects of higher education, vocational, and skills training. Students are facing stress over exam grading assessments, remote working, and problems in transitioning to work in the difficult labour market. Equally employers, under stress themselves, need to recruit from a pool of young

Post Brexit threats to EU-UK data flows

Much discussion of Brexit has focused on increased friction for physical goods. The UK, however, does much, profitable services trade with the EU, underpinned by data flows. This is particularly significant for the UK financial services and technology sectors. While the UK was a member of the EU, EU-UK data flows were uninhibited, and the