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Productivity and the 2016 Autumn Statement: an antidote to Brexit?

23 Nov 2016, by in Economics

Philip Hammond committed to raising productivity in today’s Autumn Statement. A National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23bn will focus on infrastructure, including digital communications, and research and development. £23bn sounds like a lot of money; as Geoff has blogged elsewhere, it is actually less than it sounds, but it is a step in the right…

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Renewables, Coal and Industrial Opportunities

26 Oct 2016, by in Economics

According to yesterday’s Financial Times (£) last year saw something of an environmental milestone, as renewables overtook coal as the world’s largest source of installed power capacity. The FT reported that around 500,000 solar panels were installed every day of 2015, while wind turbines were erected at a pace of two every hour in countries…

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Putting the flesh on the government’s industrial strategy

25 Oct 2016, by in Economics

Last Thursday (20 October) saw a backbench Commons debate on industrial strategy. This debate coincides with, but is distinct from, an inquiry by the BEIS Select Committee into industrial strategy, to which the TUC gave evidence. Jo Johnson, the Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Minister, and Chi Onwurah, the Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, spoke…

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On industrial strategy, a return to Thatcher is not the answer!

26 Jul 2016, by in Economics

This morning, the former Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party Leader, William Hague, has stepped into the debate about the nature of the UK’s industrial strategy. Hague’s intervention, in this morning’s Daily Telegraph, has been prompted by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May’s, welcome commitment to such a strategy as part of her developing economic narrative. Hague cannot…

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Powering Ahead – a Strategy for Sustainable Industry

22 Jul 2016, by in Economics

Today, the TUC publishes ‘Powering Ahead: How UK industry can match Europe’s environmental leaders’. This report, based on new research from Germany and Denmark, considers both how to rebuild the UK’s industrial sector and how to align the needs of industry with the quest for a cleaner, greener planet. ‘Powering Ahead’ addresses two of the…

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