The science-based economy

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This latest report from UK think tank IPPR looks at the role of health research in a science-based economy. Science should have a central role in the UK economy, which has struggled with productivity since the 2008 financial crash. This is a problem. Poor productivity stifles growth and makes it harder to deliver improved living… Read more »

Testing times

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This latest report from UK think tank IPPR looks at universal credit and the habitual residence test. Non-UK citizens and UK citizens returning from living abroad face different barriers to making a claim to universal credit to others living in the UK. They are often required to pass a habitual residence test to establish their… Read more »

The business case for investment in nutrition

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This latest report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at the hidden costs of malnutrition for business. Businesses have a vital role to play in improving nutrition, both in the workforce and in the community. Effective action could reduce global deaths from malnutrition and greatly enhance economic productivity. Malnutrition acts as a brake on… Read more »

Levelling down

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This latest report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at the medium term local economic impact of coronavirus. This report analyses which industries, places and groups face the greatest economic risk over the medium-term period (2020-2023) as a result of coronavirus. The reality of the economic disruption is rarely simple: different sectors… Read more »

Platforms for growth

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This latest report from UK think tank the Centre for Policy Studies looks at how digital technologies can boost productivity. 22% of SMEs still don’t use digital platforms, such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, or software for digital accounting, HR, and customer relationship management, in their daily operations. This is despite over three-fifths (61%) of… Read more »

Bounce back

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This latest report from UK think tank Onward looks at how to put Britain on the path to prosperity after coronavirus. This is a different economic shock to anything we’ve seen in the last 100 years. The source – a virus – is entirely exogenous, forcing Governments to impose lockdowns and social distancing measures. The… Read more »

Guaranteeing the right start

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This latest report from UK think tank IPPR looks at preventing youth unemployment after Covid-19. We are facing the worst jobs crisis in a generation – with young people (18–24) set to be hit particularly hard. Covid-19 is first and foremost a health crisis, but it has increasingly morphed into an economic one as well…. Read more »

The virus and the climate: winning consent for Net Zero

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This latest report from UK think tank SMF looks at how politicians must deliver tangible benefits from a ‘green recovery’ or squander voter support. This report argues that politicians must deliver immediate and tangible benefits from a post-COVID-19 “green recovery” or risk squandering support from voters. During the UK’s lockdown, the public accepted considerable social… Read more »