Is the Government about to perform a u-turn on extending the right to buy to housing association tenants?


The Conservative Party manifesto commitment to extend the ‘Right-to-Buy’ to housing association tenants was one of the most eye catching policy moments of the general election; re-igniting the debate about the original policy and its lasting impact on social housing and social mobility. The consensus appears to be that, despite […]

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What do the Conservatives have in store for local government?


Like previous governing parties the Conservatives have kept their cards close to their chest in regards to the policies on which they will fight the forthcoming general election. It is difficult for governing parties to distinguish between the business of governing and the development of future party policy. Flying political […]

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Liberal Democrats looking ahead to the 2015 General Election


At their October conference the Liberal Democrats will debate and vote on a ‘pre-manifesto’ document. Closely based on existing party policy setting out up to a dozen key policies under the ‘stronger economy, fairer society’ banner it will form the basis of campaigning in the months leading to next May’s […]

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What will the Queen have to say?


The Queen’s Speech next Wednesday (4 June) will set out the Government’s legislative programme for the 2014-15 Parliamentary session, so what can we expect? This is the last Queen’s Speech and parliamentary session before the 2015 General Election. It will help to determine the political battles ahead and the nature […]

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Spending Review 2013


Next Wednesday (26th June) the Chancellor, George Osborne, will announce the outcome of his Spending Review on departmental expenditure for 2015-16.  The Chancellor announced in his 2010 Budget that the deficit would be balanced within four years. Those plans have been blown off course and we are still as far […]

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Labour – the road to 2015


The accusation often levied at opposition parties, past and present, is what would you do? Where are your policies? Observing from outside you would be forgiven to believe that they are policy vacuums until two or three months out from a general election. This is far from the case. Each […]

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What will the Queen have to say on the 8th May?


The Queen’s Speech on 8th May will set out the Government’s legislative programme for the 2013-13 Parliamentary session. So what can we expect? This will be the Coalition Government’s third Queen’s Speech and it is beginning to show. Much of the 2010 Coalition Agreement has found its way onto the […]

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The Government’s Response to Heseltine


Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget Statement on Wednesday (20 March) the Government has published its official response to Lord Heseltine’s growth review (“No Stone Unturned in pursuit of growth”).  Ministers have accepted 81 of the 89 recommendations put forward (either in full or part), rejected five – and will look […]

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Is it time for the Treasury to take charge of local government funding from DCLG?


Next week the Public Accounts Committee will be taking evidence on the recently published NAO report on local authority funding and financial sustainability (“Financial sustainability of local authorities”). Those hoping for Eric Pickles to be held personally accountable will be disappointed as the convention is that this honour goes to […]

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Free Public Affairs Forward Look?


Would you like a complimentary Political & Public Affairs Forward Look? When we cast our minds back to the beginning of 2012 it is difficult to imagine predicting the events that followed. The circumstances that led to the fallout from last March’s Budget, the collapse of House of Lords’ reform […]

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