Workforce management priorities in 2019

2019 will see major changes in the agenda for responsible workforce management. The Government has just announced significant changes to the labour market in its Good Work Plan following its

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Martin Summers 19th Dec, 2018 Insight 3 min read

Rail reviews: do we need another one?

I considered starting this blog with a joke about the regularity of rail reviews compared to trains on the track. However, for many passengers around the country there just isn’t anything funny about train travel in the UK anymore. Many more people are travelling by rail than ever before, in nicer and newer carriages. Furthermore, passengers have forgotten how frequent rail disasters seemed to come about in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. However, increased investment in the...

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James Page 18th Dec, 2018 Insight 3 min read

Social Housing: the end of private equity involvement?

Over the last year, GK have provided political, policy and regulatory risk analysis advice on several deals across the housing sector, ranging from the private rented sector to social housing. This increase in deal flow in the sector reflects that in recent years, private investment has plugged a much-needed gap in the affordable housing supply. In light of Theresa May’s announcement at the

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Isabelle Hillson 13th Dec, 2018 Insight , Strategy 2 min read

Bribery and Corruption : How Do They Relate to ESG?

The governance component of ESG (environmental, social and governance) is too often largely identified with the architecture of board oversight – from board composition and remit, to specific sustainability responsibilities. But UN Anti-Corruption Day reminds us that bribery and corruption is of one the biggest issues that lies within the scope of governance. The UN states that this is “one of the biggest impediments to achieving the  

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Martin Summers 12th Dec, 2018 Insight 2 min read

Women in Parliament : Fifteen Firsts

2018 marks the centenary of the passing of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, which enshrined in law the right of women to sit in the House of Commons. In November, we celebrated 100 years since the law was passed, and over 300 women visited Westminster for an event encouraging more women to stand for election, organised by campaign group

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Viya Nsumbu 11th Dec, 2018 Insight 2 min read

The social care green paper is coming – but so is Christmas

A full year has passed since the Government announced its intention to set out plans to reform care and support in a social care green paper. Since then the paper has bounced across two departments, three secretaries of state and various remits (at first it covered only older people, before expanding to working age adults). The line from government is that the paper is still due out in 2018. Rumours are that the Department of Health and Social Care is currently circulating it amongst other...

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Jennifer Berger 6th Dec, 2018 Insight , Strategy 2 min read

Four Scenarios for Sustainability – How to Respond

One of the world’s leading sustainability organisations, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), recently outlined how business could respond under four possible futures by 2030 – with each scenario illustrating very different levels of centralisation or decentralisation, coordination or fragmentation in politics, economics and society. Each of the scenarios is plausible, and the...

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Martin Summers 5th Dec, 2018 Strategy , Impact 3 min read

Artificial Intelligence: UK ‘pharmatech’ industry growth

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a mainstay in the public’s vocabulary for several years now. Tech revolutionaries have painted a futuristic and transformed world, if not a dystopian one; but only recently have we started to understand what this means for the ordinary citizen, such how it is transforming consumer healthcare. The ever-faster power of computer processors, the ability to house and...

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Ian Perrin 4th Dec, 2018 Insight 4 min read