Category: Infrastructure

Online Safety Act: Outside of ‘big tech’ who should be worrying about its implementation?

Ofcom and DSIT are currently engaged in a back-and-forth exchange about categorising which companies will be caught by the additional duties of the Online Safety Act. Naturally there has been a lot of focus on the biggest and most well-known social media platforms operating in the UK. But alongside this, real regulatory concern is emerging […]
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07 May, 2024

Insights from the first year of the UK’s new subsidy control regime 

Overview The UK’s new post-Brexit subsidy control regime sits against a backdrop of governments across developed economies pursuing more active industrial policy. The UK’s trade partners, most notably the EU, are watching its subsidy regime and decisions closely.   There is significant domestic scrutiny too. Those responsible for scrutinising public spending, such as the National Audit […]
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17 Apr, 2024

2023 infrastructure policy and regulation outlook

Overview Following a year of crisis-fuelled focus on resilience, especially in the energy and water sectors, 2023 will raise an even more difficult question – how do you fund investment in long-term resilience during a period of economic uncertainty? Government budgets are under pressure, and the continuing cost-of-living crisis means there is limited scope to […]
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16 Feb, 2023

Energy independence: Achievable, or even desirable?

As the immediate energy crisis begins to abate, policymakers are focusing on how to avoid the next one. Rishi Sunak’s Government is focused on achieving energy independence by the 2040s – with a new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero set to lead the charge. Flint’s energy team looks at whether energy independence is […]
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08 Feb, 2023

Charging ahead – Is the UK electric vehicle market finally maturing?

A booming market For business and investors seeking to shape the UK’s policy and regulatory framework for electric vehicles (EVs), 2022 is set to be a busy year. EV sales were the auto sector’s standout success story last year. Even with the wider auto market down over 28% compared to pre-covid levels, more electric vehicles […]
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07 Feb, 2022

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail: new rules of engagement

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail has been published almost 4 years after Government initially commissioned Keith Williams to conduct a root and branch review of the rail system. Despite Covid-19 having upended revenue streams in the rail sector, little has changed from the proposals initially trailed by Williams. In part, this shows that the rail […]
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26 May, 2021

Flint Update: Prime Minister's 10-point climate plan

Joshua Buckland, Flint Director and former Energy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, shares his analysis on the Prime Minister's 10-point climate plan and what it means for businesses and investors.
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23 Nov, 2020

Building back better: A brief view on whether infrastructure investment will really drive economic recovery

Some brief thoughts on what all the hype about an economic recovery led by infrastructure investment might mean in practice. For those who can’t read on, the key points: Having dealt with the immediate operational challenges thrown up by the pandemic, infrastructure will no doubt be a big part of the Government’s economic response. But […]
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19 Jun, 2020
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