UK Budget 2023: childcare expanded, pension cap lifted, Scotland to receive £320m

The Chancellor has unveiled the latest UK Government budget. In his statement, Jeremy Hunt said the OBR had confirmed the UK would not enter a technical recession this year due to changing international factors and measures contained within the Spring Budget. He described the Spring Budget as a budget for growth, with the OBR predicting […]

Education: Putting Nicola Sturgeon’s Top Priority to the Test

During a speech in 2015, Nicola Sturgeon declared that she “wanted to be judged” on her education record and committed that it would be her “priority” during her time in office. In doing this, the First Minister opened the Scottish Government’s education performance up to regular criticism from opposition parties or, in the words of TES […]

Party Conference Dates 2023

SCOTLAND Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2023 – Scottish Labour conference in Edinburgh Assembly Halls UK Friday 17 – Sunday 19 March 2023 – Liberal Democrats conference in York Sunday 8 – Wednesday 11 October 2023 – Labour conference in Liverpool Sunday 1 – Wednesday 4 October 2023 – Conservatives conference at Manchester Central

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The Statute Book – the Sixth Senedd’s achievements (so far)

As the Senedd pauses for summer recess, Newsdirect Wales’ Seb Bench reflects on the Sixth Senedd’s legislative achievements so far. After a busy session, Senedd members would be forgiven for having headed to their nearest beach since the start of recess. In fact, anyone working in Welsh policy, communications or public affairs has had just […]

Labour and Plaid unveil plans for ‘radical action in testing times’

Newsdirect’s Health Reporter, Alex Myles, considers the biggest thing to happen in Welsh politics for quite some time. After prolonged talks between the two parties, Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru have published their Co-operative Agreement, promising ‘radical action in testing times’. Labour fell one seat short of an outright majority at the 2021 election. Whilst […]