Government News

In our Government News category, you will find a wide variety of government issues both big and small. 

You can find information on big issues such as global immigration and human rights issues along with Brexit news, negotiations and updates. This section also covers Local governments and their digital transformation along with the popular issues of period poverty and the process of acknowledging this problem.

How and what AID is provided by the UK across the world is another topic covered in detail in this category. Additionally, you can also find regular commentary from legal professionals on changing and adapting laws in the UK. We regularly cover government updates on the implementation of crime legislation and the UK housing landscape.

IT automation

Why governments should look to IT automation, now and in the future

Adrian Keward, Chief technologist, UK Public Sector, Red Hat, explores how automation can help streamline operations and reduce costs in the public sector.
UK public sector in 2021

Five predictions for the UK public sector in 2021

Dale Peters, Research Director at TechMarketView, shares his top 5 predictions for the UK public sector in 2021.
decades of neglect, health, american rescue plan

COVID-19 exposes “decades of neglect” in US healthcare system

Jacob Bor, Assistant Professor in Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, says COVID shed light on what he describes as "decades of neglect".
racial prejudice, covid-19

Racial prejudice: Why Asian Americans are still blamed for COVID-19

Racial prejudice, fuelled by poor coping mechanisms and biased social media consumption, has shaped how the public view Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
vaccine deliveries to uk, astrazeneca

European Commission says vaccine deliveries to UK could be stopped

President von der Leyen today (17 March) said that the Commission would limit vaccine deliveries to the UK if "the situation does not change" - suggesting that the drugmaker AstraZeneca is responsible for vaccination delays in the EU.
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The Social Value Creators

One consequence of the pandemic is that embracing ‘social value’ as a way of supporting our communities has grown stronger - Guy Battle, CEO of the Social Value Portal, discusses the importance of becoming Social Value Creators.
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Criminal barrister says UK normalises “violent male behaviour towards women”

Tim Kiely, Criminal Barrister at Red Lion Chambers, discusses the #CurfewForMen as a wake-up call on societal acceptance of "violent male behaviour toward women".
democracy and media

New aspirations for democracy and media – yet to be met

Maria João Rodrigues, FEPS President, argues that new aspirations for democracy and media are yet to be met.
UK test and trace, COVID

Report finds that UK Test and Trace never met 24 hour COVID deadlines

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee found that the UK Test and Trace strategy, costing roughly £37 billion over two years, failed to ever meet 24 hour test result deadlines.
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China to use a “vaccine passport” to track COVID health of citizens

China have created a digital vaccine passport that can tell authorities if a person has taken the COVID vaccine or been sick with the virus recently - a clean record will be needed for citizens to enter grocery shops.
Emergency relief

Humanitarian sector & COVID:19: Emergency relief

Fatima Katergi, Senior Programmes Officer and Abid Shah UK Programmes Manager at Human Appeal, describes the role of the humanitarian sector concerning emergency relief in a pandemic which is more difficult, but certainly more necessary.

When the Venezuelan refugee crisis collides with a viral pandemic

Nishat spoke to Laura Fatio, co-founder of Refúgio 343, who discusses her work to support the Venezuelan refugee crisis in Brazil and how COVID changed things.
registered providers

Social housing: Why risk focus is key to delivery

Following publication of the Social Housing and Planning White Papers, Mark Alcock, principal risk manager at, Equib, offers Registered Providers his expert advise as they plan for a post-pandemic future.
post-COVID budget, rishi sunak

7 ways the new post-COVID budget could impact your life

Today (3 March) Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the highly-anticipated 2021 budget, which proposes a variety of policy changes, including extension of the furlough scheme and funding domestic abuse "respite rooms" .
local government communication, vaccine misinformation

Tackling vaccination misinformation with local government communications

Karen Steel at Granicus discusses how local government communications could significantly help to stop the spread of COVID misinformation, especially when it comes to vaccinations.
cash injection

Why the government’s £50m cash injection doesn’t go far enough

"By failing students, the wider economy suffers", says Lydia Jones, CEO and Founder of Housemates. Here she provides insight into how badly students have been affected by the pandemic and how the lack of government funding has negatively impacted student accommodation operators.
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What are the priority groups for phase two of UK vaccinations?

The Government unveiled the confirmed priority groups for phase two of UK vaccinations - the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is choosing age as the deciding factor.
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Why is the UK’s Green Homes Grant Scheme failing to deliver?

Homes account for just under 30% of energy use and around 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK - what does this mean for the UK's Green Homes Grant Scheme?
habsburg empire, colonialism

The Habsburg Empire: Is the nation-state national and the empire imperial?

Gábor Egry, Director-General at the Institute of Political History and principal investigator of Horizon 2020 funded project NEPOSTRANS, dissects the ideologies that shaped and outlived the Habsburg Empire.
COVID vaccines in 2021, low income

70% of available COVID vaccines in 2021 have been pre-ordered

Currently, 16% of the global population have pre-ordered 70% of available COVID vaccines in 2021 - a group of virus experts now warn that COVID will keep evolving unless low income countries can access vaccines.

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