Lukewarm: the Heat and Buildings Strategy lacks ambition

By Will McMyn Today saw the publication of a veritable avalanche of climate-related documentation by the government. Nestled among it all was the Heat and Buildings Strategy, which comes about a year later than originally promised. Anyone that had hoped those twelve months were spent ratcheting up the strategy’s ambition will be sorely disappointed. The…

New Nuclear: All eyes on Anglesey amid fresh focus on nuclear power

By Robyn Evans There is an air of cautious optimism in north Wales as the UK Government recently set out hopes to revive plans for a new nuclear power plant on the island of Anglesey, off the northwest coast of Wales. Officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have held ‘exploratory’ discussions…

Meet the new SoS – same as the old SoS?

By Douglas Johnson It’s a strange feeling to look at the headlines and not be entirely sure which year you’ve woken up in. Michael Gove’s recent pledge to focus on using brownfield land to meet housing need is therefore a little jarring. Early reporting on Mr Gove’s appointment at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing…

Croydon backs the mayoralty

By Vincent Carroll-Battaglino Last week, Croydon’s governance referendum resulted in an 80 per cent vote for the mayoral system. Thus, all three London boroughs that held such poll this year got the same result. On that evidence, where they don’t have it, voters plump for a mayor, and where they do, they vote to retain…

The Northern Ireland Protocol: a touch of Frost raises the temperature

By Ciaran Gill Senior Executive Ciaran Gill analyses what’s next for UK-EU relations after an important few days in which the EU presented new proposals around the Northern Ireland Protocol. After one of the most hectic weeks in UK-EU relations in many months, the UK and the EU are today entering into talks (which have…

Battle of the departments as PM appears to back gas support loans

By James Surallie After a very public spat over the weekend, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng looks to be on the verge of securing government support for energy-intensive industries hit by soaring gas prices. Yesterday, Kwarteng – who had been accused by a Treasury source as “making things up” following interviews on Sunday in which he…

It’s always sunny in Manchester

By Fraser Raleigh Sunshine may sometimes be hard to come by in Manchester, but it’s rarely far from a Boris Johnson speech.   At the end of a relatively uneventful and policy-light conference, the party faithful were sent back to their constituencies with the clear instruction to ignore the dark clouds on the horizon and once again back Boris to transport them…

Movin’ on up – Michael Gove and the Department for levelling up

By Laura Griffiths Amidst all the reshuffle news a couple of weeks ago, we also saw the rebrand of a Ministry to a Department. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is no more, and has been transformed into the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC). Severed is the formal link between…

Things can only get better?

By Charlie Rattigan As the dust settles from this year’s Labour Party Conference, the question remains whether Keir Starmer has a real vision to defeat Boris Johnson at the next election. In the build up to Starmer’s first in-person speech as leader, the message from his team was that this was a “big moment for…