Spring Budget 2023

Earlier this evening the directors at Keeble Brown, Jane Cozens and Spencer Neal sat down with the team to share notes. Like all Budgets, the significance of the UK’s first proper budget in 19 months will only become apparent in the coming months, but that is no reason to hold back from offering up some thoughts.  In case you missed it, today was Spring Budget Day. Now everyone is picking over the Chancellor’s Budget Statement and dissecting his Red Book, which sets out the detail behind the Budget Statement.  Of course, the most obvious ‘hot take’ is that this time

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that has marked the achievements of women and highlighted injustices they face for over 100 years. Jane Cozens, Director at Keeble Brown, reflects on what International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of #embracingequity means to her. ‘I’ve been very lucky to have a long and varied career and have seen conditions for women in the workplace change significantly in the UK over the last 30 years. I have benefited from the wise counsel and support of a number of awesome women – I’m thinking about colleagues who worked alongside me through all

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HM Queen Elizabeth II

Today, Friday 9 September 2022, the United Kingdom enters a period of national mourning to mark and commemorate the death of Queen Elizabeth II. All around the world there are people waking up to a new, unsettling, and profound sense of loss, a phenomenon that has surprised many. By trying to understand why there is so much obvious sadness and bereavement, we show our humanity. By recognising the remarkable achievements of a woman who throughout her long life demonstrated the meaning of service, duty, and dedication, we can see the merit of having values, integrity and a sense of mission.

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Local Elections – May 2022

Prior to 5 May commentators agreed that the 2022 local elections represented a potential watershed moment in UK politics. To an extent they were right. While local elections often point to trends that will influence the upcoming general elections, the 2022 ballots had the potential to significantly undermine the Conservative Party leader and prove the rehabilitation of the Labour Party. In the event, the declarations mostly revealed the depth of the UK’s ‘crisis of ambiguity’, but that does not mean the elections were not significant. What lies beneath? Taken as a whole the results highlight the increasingly fraught relationship between

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Budget 2021: Do the tracks all link for Rishi Sunak’s ‘infrastructure revolution’?

Last month Rishi Sunak announced the annual UK Budget and published the accompanying Spending Review, which outlined government expenditure plans for the next fiscal year. These two announcements follow months of discussions about spending priorities among MPs, as the UK government has spent hundreds of billions tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Sunak’s plans offer spending increases for all government departments, including £7bn allocated to improving transport infrastructure in cities outside London.    The chancellor presented a headline-grabbing budget that included funding for the government’s transport plans, which he described as delivering “an infrastructure revolution”. This ‘infrastructure revolution’ is at the core of the chancellor’s ambition to direct money towards Boris Johnson’s ‘levelling

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Building Safety Bulletin September 2021

September is a busy period in the social affairs calendar: Parliament is back, inquiries have resurfaced, and party conference season is starting. Ministers have said goodbye to the serenity of summer holiday season and are facing up to the old and new challenges that lie ahead.     As autumn arrives we find ourselves with a new housing minister, a new department name and new branding. The question shared by building allies and leaseholders alike is, will these changes make any real difference?   Glossy Gove   September saw Michael Gove appointed to lead the freshly-named Department for Levelling Up, Housing and

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