Health and Social Care Oral Questions round-up (07.05.19)

A broad range of topics were discussed at the Health and Social Care Oral Questions on Tuesday this week (7th May), with MPs from all parties raising concerns about the NHS workforce, mental health, and dementia. Responses from the Department for Health and Social Care Ministers frequently referenced the NHS Long Term Plan, which was launched in January this year …

Principle Consulting welcomes Let Us Learn’s success on immigration fees

In a big win for campaigners, last month the Home Office announced that it would not be raising fees for immigration and nationality applications. These costs have a huge impact on young people, many of whom have grown up in the UK, with the expense and the hostile environment behind it affecting their economic security, social integration, education, and wellbeing. …

Principle Consulting shortlisted for ‘Consultancy of the Year’ award

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Better Society Awards in the ‘Consultancy of the Year’ category. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate companies and social enterprises which help create a better and more equal world for all. Whether supporting young migrants against unfair immigration fees or helping fight for faster treatment for …

How Parliament’s Brexit impasse is an opportunity for charity campaigners

Parliament may look like it’s in deadlock over Brexit but the impasse has created the perfect environment for charities to push for policy change. Unlike America’s division of power between Congress, the Supreme Court and the Presidency, Britain’s unwritten constitution supposedly gives the British Parliament power that each of the branches of the US government could only dream of. Whilst …

Predicting the unpredictable: policy developments to look out for in 2019

In these politically uncertain times, no one knows exactly what the year ahead will hold, but there are some things we can confidently predict will be high on the agenda. Below, Principle Consulting intern Ellie Whitlock identifies six areas likely to be of relevance in the charity sector in 2019. Brexit The UK’s future relationship with the EU remains unclear. …

In their words: key issues for young people in London

Principle Consulting offers annual work experience placements to several students from Uxbridge College who are part of the English for Speakers of Other Languages programme. Over the last few weeks, the selected students have researched our democratic institutions, practised giving presentations, learned about how charities campaign and visited Parliament and City Hall. We asked them to write about the issues …

5 Top Tips for Charity Campaigning in the Local Elections

On Thursday 3rd May 2018, there are elections in around 150 local authority areas in England, with all council seats being contested in some large areas including London, Birmingham and Manchester. This presents an excellent opportunity for charities to campaign on behalf of their beneficiaries, with the aim of influencing the priorities of newly-elected councillors. To make sure your charity …

How will the new Scottish Lobbying Register affect you?

From the 12th March, all organisations who lobby MSPs must start logging all meetings with MSPs on the Scottish Lobbying Register.  This includes most charities.  Find out what this means for your organisation below… What is it? The Scottish Lobbying Register is being introduced following the passage of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. The Act places a duty on Parliament …

World Hepatitis Day, and my first day at Principle

By Urte Macikene My first day in my new role at Principle Consulting was spent at the Hepatitis C Patient Conference, run by our long-standing clients and partners, the Hepatitis C Trust. The conference coincided with World Hepatitis Day, an opportunity to highlight the organisation’s efforts to eliminate hepatitis C as a public health concern in the UK, and it’s …

Making your move: Engaging with new MPs post-election

Many charities will be re-evaluating their policy and public affairs plans following the unexpected general election result earlier this month. While it can be hard to plan in times of uncertainty, the new Parliament brings fresh opportunities for charities who are campaigning for policy change. For a start, the new Parliament contains 99 new MPs. This includes a number of …