A bespoke networking platform for employment, entrepreneurship and re-training for over-50s women

Summary: The policy response to the under-tapped economic potential of over-50s women should be the creation of a government-sponsored national platform (called ‘Portfolio Women’ or similar, to represent a step-change in career). It would act as an accessible and user-friendly cross between Mumsnet and LinkedIn for women aged over 50, with official backing from theContinue reading “A bespoke networking platform for employment, entrepreneurship and re-training for over-50s women”

A Nudge to Net-Zero – Creating a National Net-Zero Certification Scheme

Summary: The UK government has committed to become a net-zero carbon emissions nation by 2050. Many businesses and organisations would like to achieve net-zero themselves a lot sooner, so government should setup a national scheme to enable them to do so, helping spur the push to net-zero and dispersing the cost of achieving it. Policy:Continue reading “A Nudge to Net-Zero – Creating a National Net-Zero Certification Scheme”

Devolved cultrual renewal hubs and a public works of art project.

Cultural renewal implies growth and regeneration. The pandemic and Brexit provide a perfect opportunity to re-structure and re-charge culture in the UK, levelling up areas that have been left behind and building on the communities that have been vital to so many throughout the last 10 months. I propose that new cultural renewal hubs areContinue reading “Devolved cultrual renewal hubs and a public works of art project.”

Getting people to use public transport again

In order to encourage people to get “back on public transport” why not change the tax laws and allow costs of travel – to and from a place of work – to be classified as genuine expenses which can be claimed or off set against a tax return. At the moment people on PAYE haveContinue reading “Getting people to use public transport again”

The Challenge Hub – A “Duke of Edinburgh’s Award” for over-55s. Not for profit.

1(a) Relevant problems enhanced by Covid: Disrupted communities, loneliness, isolation, mental health / low self-esteem / loss of purpose, a stressed voluntary sector, reduced physical health and enforced early retirement. (b) The opportunity: An enhanced willingness to listen to new ideas. A catalyst to address the above problems (which pre-existed but to a lesser extent).Continue reading “The Challenge Hub – A “Duke of Edinburgh’s Award” for over-55s. Not for profit.”

Corporate Tax Credits for Employee Volunteering.

How would it work? Employees would be entitled to spend up to 10% of their working week away from their jobs, performing voluntary services in the local community. Employers claim a tax credit against their wage costs (salary & NI). The voluntary work would need to be approved, but should include: • Youth sports coachingContinue reading “Corporate Tax Credits for Employee Volunteering.”

Addressing digital exclusion and building upon education technology opportunities.

The use of technology for education has largely been viewed as a challenge but does offer opportunities for the UK at a practical and strategic level. The utilisation of technology in education is a challenge as shown by the focus upon digital exclusion throughout the pandemic. Digital exclusion is a symptom and a driver ofContinue reading “Addressing digital exclusion and building upon education technology opportunities.”

Integrate NHs and Care services for the elderly and infirm into one organisation

In order to help resolve the care home issues, radical change is needed Currently ‚’ Private sector care home companies pay high salaries, bonuses and expenses to their senior management ‚’ Private residents fees subsidise adult social care patients ‚’ Insufficient care home spaces, so beds are blocked in hospitals (at a higher cost) ‚’Continue reading “Integrate NHs and Care services for the elderly and infirm into one organisation”

A lack of empathy between generations – past, present and future

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines between generations – old, young and even future. While the young have had to put their lives on hold to protect the old, the old have had to live in fear and the young have enjoyed a certain degree of reckless abandon. But the tables will turn,Continue reading “A lack of empathy between generations – past, present and future”

Mental Health well-being hubs for young persons in schools

The pandemic has taken an enormous toll on the mental health of the nation and in particular young people. Young people were already struggling as were CAMHS, primary care and schools in dealing with this mental health ‚’epidemic‚’. Despite that we have many experienced mental health charities and experience of a previous revolution in mentalContinue reading “Mental Health well-being hubs for young persons in schools”