Steps towards Transgender Equality

Steps towards Transgender Equality

20th November was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which marked the lives tragically lost to transphobic acts of violence. Every year, dozens of trans people are murdered because of who they are, and in the UK, 22 transgender lives have been lost since the beginning of 2018 and 45% of young trans people have attempted suicide.
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Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Housing and Transport: The importance of achieving an integrated approach

Housing and Transport: The importance of achieving an integrated approach

The Transport Knowledge Hub (TKH) is currently holding a series of events across the UK on the topic of how sustainable transport can unlock the benefits of new housing which has been attended by experts across the housing and transport sector, in addition to representatives from local and national government. Given the scale and challenge of the housing crisis, these events have been a timely intervention and generated insightful discussions about the importance of having a more integrated approach between housing and transport. Read more

Jimmy Coles
Jimmy Coles
Armistice 100: how the government has remembered World War One

Armistice 100: how the government has remembered World War One

Over the last four years the government has quietly and successfully delivered a four-year programme built around the UK’s turbulent relationship with continental Europe. Read more

Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
30 hours free childcare – a policy that works for everyone?

30 hours free childcare – a policy that works for everyone?

 

In the political calendar, party conferences may feel like a lifetime ago. Over a month has passed since Westminster uprooted to Liverpool and Manchester respectively to hear from the highest echelons of our political parties about the future of the country. Read more

Arabella Hamilton
Arabella Hamilton
Keeping up with Connect: House of Lords – Content or Not Content?

Keeping up with Connect: House of Lords – Content or Not Content?

In the first of a series of debates on the Connect blog, Isabella Hunter-Fajardo makes the case for the House of Lords.

House of Laws: in defence of the Second Chamber

The wealth of experience in the Second Chamber is an asset to the UK’s legislative process. At Connect, we often track Bills, or even specific amendments and clauses for clients as they progress through Parliament. Seeing the depth and quality of debate during the respective stages of legislation in the Commons and Lords has given me an appreciation of the role the Upper House plays. Read more

Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
The Tories are developing a manifesto: now is the time to shape their thinking

The Tories are developing a manifesto: now is the time to shape their thinking

After a week’s blanket coverage of his recent column in the Daily Telegraph, Boris Johnson has this week shifted his focus from burqas to building and to the government’s biggest domestic challenge: addressing the housing crisis. Perhaps he has taken note of another Conservative MP Chris Skidmore writing, this time in the Sunday Telegraph, that Conservatives must start talking about the bread and butter issues that matter to voters Read more

Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
Testing times for housing: will the new Housing Delivery Test make a difference?

Testing times for housing: will the new Housing Delivery Test make a difference?

Increasing the supply of housing has been a stated aim of every government of recent times.  When David Cameron was Prime Minister he set out an ambition to build a million homes by 2020.   Theresa May’s stated target is to deliver 300,000 homes a year in this Parliament.   There has been some divergence in policy between the two Conservative Prime Ministers – a shift away from a home-owning democracy and promoting Help-to-Buy towards a renewed focus on increasing the provision of affordability and a tougher position on the Buy-to-Let market. But the key theme is much the same – to build more homes. Read more

Jimmy Coles
Jimmy Coles
Will there be a General Election this year?

Will there be a General Election this year?

We are often asked by clients what the prospects are of a General Election taking place this year. Politics is becoming increasingly unpredictable these days and anything could happen, but we think it is about 70/30 that there will not be an election. Read more

Connect Comms
Local elections and what to watch out for

Local elections and what to watch out for

On May 3rd, 4350 local council seats are up for election in 151 council areas, including all 32 London Boroughs. These elections will determine who runs local council services and will also be seen as a significant test of support for the main political parties and their Leaders.  Read more

Connect Comms
Education and human capital

Education and human capital

Connect are currently working with Schole, a UK based company that is doing great things to bring investment to education in East Africa. Our role is to help tell their story, and it is a fascinating one, not least because they are making a difference without a penny of aid from the UK government. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford