For the Conservative Government, still fresh from their victory last May, 2016 is shaping up to be a make or break year. A raft of major policy changes are in the process of being rolled-out, key decisions are waiting to be taken and the prospect of a mid-term slump in popularity looms. This will be a significant time for organisations of all shapes and sizes.
2016 will see the Chancellor’s economy begin to take shape but not without pains and difficult decisions. Central to Mr Osborne’s plans is the transfer of responsibilities and costs from the state on to businesses. It is policies like this which present business with challenges and opportunities over the next five years of Tory rule.
One rather large distraction from the day-to-day business of government and, policy development is the forthcoming elections in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the small matter of the EU referendum.
The commentariat are hesitant to make sweeping statements about winners and losers in these elections considering the totally unexpected Tory majority at the last. But here we provide some of the key determinants of the elections to come including key parties and people. The EU referendum is the biggest decision the British people will have to make for a generation. Our EU membership may be over by this time next year but the voice of the business community is being heard louder and louder as they spell out the dangers of a Brexit.
To help us on our way, Andrew Haldenby from the think tank Reform introduces us to the 2016 insight and the Director of Progress, Richard Angell, offers his reflections as one of the foremost Labour party moderates.
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