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Policy Connect is a diverse network of independent groups, comprising All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), research commissions, membership forums and campaign coalitions. 

Each group is unique, with its own programme of events, research and campaigning activity. However, all groups share the same fundamental principles that comprise the Policy Connect approach: non-profit, cross-party, fully transparent, providing policy expertise in a highly organised and professional manner.

This page provides an overview of the network, showing the scope of policy fields covered, with a short introduction to each group. Do visit each group's own website for further information.

Education & Skills

Skills Commission

The Skills Commission is an independent body comprising leading figures from across the education sector that meets every month in Parliament to discuss important issues in skills, training and further education policy.

The Commission is co-chaired by Barry Sheerman MP and Dame Ruth Silver. Commission members include parliamentarians from all the main parties, and highly experienced practitioners from across the skills sector.

Higher Education Commission

The Higher Education Commission is an independent body made up of leaders from the education sector, the business community and the three major political parties.

Established in response to demand from Parliamentarians for a more informed and reflective discourse on higher education issues, the Commission examines higher education policy, holds evidence-based inquiries, and produces written reports with recommendations for policymakers.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills & Employment

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment, chaired by Fiona Bruce MP and Nic Dakin MP, is the leading forum informing debate and collaboration between parliamentarians, business leaders and the education and skills community.

Through its busy programme of research and parliamentary events, the group raises the profile of skills policy in Parliament and across the UK. With support from our member organisations and parliamentary members we ensure that skills policy is recognised as a central means to economic and personal development. 

Sustainability

Westminster Sustainable Business Forum

The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) is a high-level coalition of key UK businesses, parliamentarians, civil servants and other organisations, seeking to promote effective sustainability policy in the UK.

Carbon Connect

Carbon Connect is the independent forum that facilitates discussion and debate between business, government and parliament to bring about a low carbon transformation underpinned by sustainable energy.

All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group

Established in 1995, the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group is the leading forum informing the debate between parliamentarians, business leaders and the sustainable resource community.

Our mission is to provide an objective platform for effective communication between policy-makers, businesses and organisations with an interest in the sustainable resource management agenda and to raise awareness of sustainable resource issues within Parliament.

All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group is a parliamentary group designed to research, support and promote key climate change issues in government and policy making.

Energy Safety

Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum

The Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum exists to bring together all organisations and stakeholders committed to tackling carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK.

The Forum promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing between industry, charities, parliamentarians and policymakers, as well as coordinating awareness-raising campaign activities across the sector.

All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) is the leading forum for Parliamentarians, civil servants and energy industry representatives to work together to discuss ways of tackling carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, to improve government policy on carbon monoxide safety, and to raise public awareness of the threat posed by deadly CO gas. 

Health

Chronic Pain Policy Coalition

The Chronic Pain Policy Coalition brings together a wide range of professional bodies, patient organisations, parliamentarians and industry representatives, with the aim of working together to improve the lives of people living with pain and their families.

All-Party Parliamentary Health Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) is dedicated to disseminating knowledge, generating debate and facilitating engagement with health issues amongst Members of Parliament. The APHG comprises members of all political parties, provides information with balance and impartiality, focuses on local as well as national matters, and is recognised as one of the preferred sources of information on health in Parliament.

Manufacturing, Design and Innovation

Manufacturing Commission

The Manufacturing Commission is the independent, in-depth research arm of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group. 

This body conducts high-level research inquiries such as the inquiry into industrial sustainability.

Design Commission

The Design Commission is the in-depth research arm of the Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group. It is an industry-led body, which conducts high level research aimed at driving thinking around design policy in the UK. The Commission's remit is to conduct investigative research into particular areas or policy problems as they relate to, or could benefit from, design. 

All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group is a cross-party coalition of Parliamentarians and manufacturing industry organisations that works to develop new industrial policy ideas, critique existing government decision-making around manufacturing, communicate within Parliament the importance of a well-balanced productive economy, and help the manufacturing community better engage with the policy process. 

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics is a new cross-party group established by Daniel Zeichner MP to connect Parliament with business, academia and civil society to promote better policy making on big data and data analytics.

All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group is a cross-party coalition of Parliamentarians and design sector organisations that works to develop new design policy ideas, critique existing government decision-making around design, communicate within Parliament the enormous potential value of design, and help the design community better engage with the policy process.