Manchester Policy Blogs: British politics
Providing expert analysis and commentary on current political debates.
Learning from the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework process
6 September 2017
Graham Haughton, Professor of Urban Planning at The University of Manchester outlines 12 lessons from the recent debates around a new Spatial Framework for Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is a 20 year strategic plan for the city region. The draft GMSF was planned for what should have been an election free […]
Grenfell Tower Inquiry: learn lessons and implement changes
5 September 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire saw 80 or more adults and children die in their homes in an entirely preventable disaster. Here, Gill Kernick, who helps high hazard industries prevent major accidents and personally witnessed the disaster, and Martin Stanley (Editor, Understanding Regulation) argue that the fire was a terrible failure of government, leadership and regulation […]
International students aren’t a visa risk: who’s surprised?
29 August 2017
Here Dr Sylvie Lomer explains why international students aren’t a visa risk and outlines how false assumptions have been used as justifications for migration policies that seriously prejudice and inconvenience international students. Recently published Home Office data shows that 97.4% of international students are compliant with visa regulations, contradicting previous statements from Government that 20% […]
Brexit: An opportunity to progress equality and human rights?
22 August 2017
Our ‘Brexit, regulation and society’ blog series continues with Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Her blog, based on her presentation to ManReg‘s recent Brexit event, focuses on how the UK can, and must, maintain its equality and human rights protections throughout the process of leaving the European Union. Equalities […]
Is having any job at all better for your health and wellbeing than being unemployed?
15 August 2017
There are long held assumptions that taking any job is better for a person’s health and wellbeing than being unemployed. A study of over 1000 unemployed adults by Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at The University of Manchester, compared health and stress levels of those remaining unemployed and different quality jobs. The study revealed evidence that […]