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The Johnson Government: The first hundred days

Season 1, Ep. 2

Boris Johnson’s government has just passed the 100 day mark since the 2019 General Election, a traditional moment to assess how a new administration is doing so far. But the entire political and economic environment has changed beyond imagination in just a week. 

Is the Johnson Government back to square one? How are his pledges faring up against the reality of Britain’s greatest challenge since 1939? How can Britain reflate a collapsed economy while trying to keep people out of the shops? Will any of its emergency renationalisations end up permanent? And is there any bandwidth left for Brexit?

Joining Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government, to discuss the most seismic week in British politics in 80 years are the following experts from the IfG:

  • Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist
  • Joe Owen, Programme Director, Brexit
  • Nick Davies, Programme Director, Public Services
  • Alex Thomas, Programme Director, Civil Service

Audio production by Alex Rees

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Hitting net zero: how the government can decarbonise homes

Season 1, Ep. 135
Decarbonising homes will be among the most difficult elements of reaching net zero. Homes account for 15% of the UK’s total emissions, yet there has been little progress towards reducing these over the past decade. Confidence has been damaged by repeated U-turns and policy failures, including the Green Deal and the Green Homes Grant.Achieving net zero by 2050 will require a huge national programme to deliver the infrastructure needed to reduce residential emissions – retrofitting homes, installing heat pumps and developing local heat networks. The government, businesses and consumers all have key roles to play. But how should the government approach policy making in this area? Will the long overdue Heat and Buildings Strategy be worth the wait and offer a clear plan? How can previous policy failures be learnt from? And how can we ensure the UK’s infrastructure is ready to support zero-emission homes?On our panel to discuss these issues were:Lord Callanan, Minister for Business, Energy & Corporate Responsibility at BEISChris Burchell, Managing Director, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) DistributionGillian Cooper, Head of Energy Policy at Citizens AdviceGuy Newey, Director of Strategy and Performance at the Energy Systems CatapultThis event waschaired byMarcus Shepheard, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government.#IfGnetzeroWe would like to thank Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution for supporting this event.