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

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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
Nationalisation – a lot of water under the bridge before it happens?

Nationalisation – a lot of water under the bridge before it happens?

Nationalisation – a lot of water under the bridge before it happens?

A recent report by the Social Market Foundation, the non-partisan centrist think tank,  estimated that the up-front cost of nationalising the water industry would be £90bn. The SMF also estimated that the government would need over £100bn over the next 25 years to meet the long-term investment needed within the sector. Read more

Fenella Nance
Fenella Nance
Women and Work APPG announces 2018 theme – How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

Women and Work APPG announces 2018 theme – How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

The Women and Work APPG is delighted to announce its 2018 theme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century. Throughout our work in the past two years we have heard repeatedly from different sources about the ways in which employers struggle to attract and recruit women. Read more

Charlie Wells
Charlie Wells
The politics of foreign property ownership

The politics of foreign property ownership

The issue of housing is already showing itself to be key in the run up to local elections this year. Faced with the prospect of Labour gains, the recent government announcement of a new public register of ultimate owners of UK properties is both an attempt to push through legislation ahead of the EU withdrawal, and to show that government is thinking about issues other than Brexit. Read more

Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
You can enjoy the EU (Withdrawal Bill) all the way to the summer…

You can enjoy the EU (Withdrawal Bill) all the way to the summer…

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has come a long way, and there is a long way to go. But the debates that are coming up will shape the politics of Brexit; in some cases, they may shape our future relationship with the EU. Read more

Dylan Underhill
Dylan Underhill
2018 set to be best year ever for the Women and Work APPG #Vote100

2018 set to be best year ever for the Women and Work APPG #Vote100

Connect is proud to support #Vote100 today, celebrating 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act giving the first women the right to vote. Since 2016 our work with the Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group has examined how employers and policy makers can help to deliver gender balance in the workplace. The APPG’s first report, Women Returners, helped to shape Government policy with the introduction of £5 million funding for returnships. The Group’s second report, Making the Industrial Strategy work for women, was published last month. We are pleased to have launched the APPG’s 2018 programme of work, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century, which will examine the recruitment process from start to finish and develop recommendations to improve female representation across the employment and labour market.

 

Charlie Wells
Charlie Wells
Making good policy

Making good policy

In a survey by the Political Studies Association, the minimum wage was judged to be the best policy of recent decades .  Devolution, Sure Start, the Human Rights Act, the smoking ban, and the Northern Ireland peace process were also highly rated, as was ‘privatisation’, a policy which divides opinion.   Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Party conference success

Party conference success

Over the last three week, across the Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative Party conferences, we have worked with many fantastic organisations to help them engage with politics and policy makers. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Who will oppose a Conservative majority? Steve Barwick counts the ways…

Who will oppose a Conservative majority? Steve Barwick counts the ways…

The opinion polls are narrowing but even allowing for a 3% error margin in Labour’s favour (although historically they have under-recorded Conservative Party support) Theresa May on these figures will secure a majority in the House of Commons. In fact, the Conservatives only need to win 45 seats to have a ‘landslide’ – a total of 375 seats, more than 100 more than all the other political parties put together. The question on everyone’s lips – apart from whether the polls will continue to narrow – is, where will the opposition come from if she is triumphant on June 8th? Read more

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