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As pound falls, BKW Instruments and 3DPRINTUK discuss approaches to Brexit uncertainty

As Theresa May announces a delay to the crucial Parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since April 2017. Sterling had already fallen by one per cent in response to reports of the delay and fell even further as May addressed Parliament. 3DPrintUK and BKW Instruments are both contributors to The Parliamentary Review and discuss their different reactions and responses to Brexit.

Rapid Improvement reduce NHS shortages as nursing apprenticeships labelled a “mirage”

The Education Select Committee has today published a report, urging The Department for Education to remove barriers to ensure the apprenticeship scheme is not just a mere “mirage.” According to the report, no more than 30 individuals have begun training under the scheme last year. Rapid Improvement could act as a potential solution to this issue, providing apprentices to various NHS organisations around the country.

Chubb Systems champion apprenticeships but stats show worrying decline

The Department for Education has today published statistics that show a 24 per cent decrease in the number of apprenticeships programmes begun in the last calendar year in comparison to the year before. Chubb Systems drew attention to the importance of apprenticeship programmes in their contribution to The Parliamentary Review so it is likely they, along with many young people looking to break into industry will be disappointed by the news.

PMQs summary (Wed 5th Dec)

Interrupting the withdrawal agreement debates this week, PMQs focused less on Brexit than economic policy. As usual, the most noteworthy phase of the session consisted in a battle of words between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, with particular focus on the Conservative government's track record. Setting the tone for the rest of the debate was Jeremy Corbyn's citation of a UN report on UK poverty.

Davington Primary's concerns echoed in PMQs by Julie Cooper

Following a statement this week by Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman, Labour MP Julie Cooper raised concerns about the SEND provision in schools across the UK. This was an issue that was also focused on in the Education Edition of The Parliamentary Review by Davington Primary School, explaining that "SEN funding has been difficult for us, particularly given how tailored the interventions must be for some of our pupils".

Brexit could lead to a rise in food prices after Speciality Breads encourage consumers to buy British

Kent-based bakers Speciality Bread called on consumers to buy British in this years Parliamentary Review, advice that may be taken on board by many after Mark Carney warned food prices could rise by as much as 10 per cent as a result of a 'no-deal' Brexit. The UK, a spokesperson from the Bank of England said, imports over half of its food from overseas and the unknown impact on the pound and the UK's tariff arrangements could result in dramatic price rises.

Lords slam HMRC powers; Tyrrell & Co call for increased tech to address such issues

A report from the Economic Affairs Committee, one of the six permanent investigative committees in the House of Lords, has criticised greater powers being awarded to HMRC to tackle tax avoidance and evasion, describing these new powers as “disproportionate” and affecting the “the fundamental protections every taxpayer should expect.” Tyrrel & Co, contributors to The Parliamentary Review, argue that HMRC's misunderstanding of SMEs could be solved by greater technology.

Gove's new biodiversity plan mirrors Bericote's commitment to sustainability

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched plans to ensure that environmental concerns, specifically concerning biodiversity, are placed at the heart of new developments. These plans include a clause that would require develops to deliver a “biodiversity net gain”: ensuring that wildlife habitats must be left in a better state than before the development. Bericote, who featured in the Property edition of The Parliamentary Review, are well acquainted with incorporating sustainability into their developments and have been ranked “excellent” by BREAAM.

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