Public Accounts Committee slams Universal Credit for causing “unacceptable hardship”
A report from the Public Accounts Committee has heavily criticised the government’s proposed Universal Credit system for causing “unacceptable hardship” and critiqued the Department for Work and Pensions for their “dismissive attitude to real-world experience.” The committee, chaired by Meg Hillier MP, has investigated the system twice since 2015 and examined whether the scheme constituted value for money, as well as the extent to which it studied the experiences of claimants.
MPs call for zero emissions targets to be brought forward, with insight from JamVans
MPs have called for plans to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars to be brought forward to 2032. The original plan, outlined by the government, was to ensure all cars are “effectively zero emission” by 2040 but a report by Parliament’s business and select committee has urged this to be brought forward by eight years. Prime minister Theresa May announced the 2040 target earlier this year.
Universal Credit suffers further delays
The rollout of universal credit has been delayed once again and is now not expected to be fully operational until December 2023. The proposed system – which will merge six benefits into a single instalment – was initially due to come into effect in April 2017.
Lord Blunkett recounts his time in government at The Parliamentary Review gala
At last night’s Parliamentary Review gala, held in the Palace of Westminster, Lord Blunkett delivered a speech touching on his time in government and Tony Blair’s current work through The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Blunkett, the co-chair of the Review, began by welcoming the former prime minister and the best practice representatives who had gathered on Parliament’s Pavilion Terrace.
Tony Blair: The Parliamentary Review is an amazing enterprise
The former prime minister Tony Blair spoke to The Parliamentary Review gala, one of very few speeches he's given in the Houses of Parliament since his resignation as an MP in 2007. In a broad speech, Blair reflected on the state of British politics and discussed the role that the Review plays in ensuring that MPs across the political spectrum are “better educated".
Baker claims 40 Tory MPs are prepared to vote against May on Brexit
Former Brexit minister Steve Baker stated today that he believes at least 40 Conservative MPs are preparing to vote against Theresa May if she pursues a similar deal to the current Chequers proposal. The leading Eurosceptic, and vice-chairman of the European Research Group, estimated that there were 80 potential rebels, but conceded that party whips would be able to halve this initial figure.
Young people with deposits can’t afford homes, say think tank
Recent research suggests that young people face increasingly dampened prospects of establishing themselves on the property ladder over the last couple of decades, with nearly half of young adults with deposits not being able to buy a first home.
CAA proposals are rebuffed by the EASA
Proposals submitted by the UK aviation regulator, the CAA, for a no-deal transition plan have been rejected by the EASA, their European equivalent. The uncertainty of these negotiations were predicted by Storm Aviation Group in their article for The Parliamentary Review. Announcing a variety of preparatory measures to try and mitigate the possible effects of Brexit, Thomas Buckley, the CEO of Storm Aviation Group, declared that “we have acted promptly to mitigate associated risks as best we can.”