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Industry Debate: Funding the UK’s Roads

Gareth Elliott, Insight Public Affairs’ infrastructure specialist, provides a summary of the industry debate hosted by Insight and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on the Government’s options for attracting private finance into the nation’s road network. With speeches from Professor Stephen Glaister (RAC Foundation), David Leam (London First), and Richard Lax (Kapsch) the event sought to ask whether road pricing might be coming back onto the political agenda.

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The Open Public Services White Paper, John Lehal

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Open Public Services White Paper, the policy document setting out the Coalition’s vision for the delivery of public services. Based on the core principles of choice, decentralisation, diversity, fairness and accountability it forms the most significant outline of the Coalition’s plan for public sector modernisation to date.

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Innovative Roads Funding and Charging Briefing, Gareth Elliott

Insight Public Affairs’ infrastructure lead, Gareth Elliott, comments on the Government’s shifting views on how to attract significant investment into the UK’s road network. With little money in the bank and an urgent need to repair and renew the nation’s roads the Government is turning to the private sector for funding. The question is whether this means bringing in charging for road use.

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Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill Briefing

For over a decade the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Competition Commission (CC) and the Government have been striving to make the relationship between large supermarkets and suppliers fairer. This resulted in the introduction of a ‘Supermarket Code of Conduct’ in 2001. It was clear to the OFT, however, that a number of supermarkets were not adhering to this Code of Conduct and a report in 2008 by the CC found that excessive risk and unexpected costs were still being passed on to farmers, growers and suppliers

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Queen’s Speech 2012: what does this mean for you?

The Queen has today presented the Government’s legislative agenda for the coming year, a programme focussed on “economic growth, justice and constitutional reform”. After what has been an uneasy few weeks for the Coalition – with the recent announcement that the UK economy is back in recession, a battering for the Coalition at the hands of Labour in the local elections, and tensions vocally expressed within and between the Coalition parties – the Government’s priority is to demonstrate that, in David Cameron’s words, it “gets” voters’ concerns about the economy, jobs, the cost of living, and is on their side.

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