Policy area: Infrastructure

Reports

A preventative approach to public services

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government sets out how the next government can use a new parliament to shift to a preventative approach to public services. Whoever wins the general election will be unable to deliver high-performing public services – and keep taxes and debt at sustainable levels – unless it...

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Design for life

This report from UK think tank Localis presents an analysis of local regeneration policy through the lens of five overarching strategic concerns. The next political cycle is likely to be characterised by the vexing problem of improving the public realm in a situation of parlous public finances. Recent crises have left the state with very...

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A new deal for England

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how the next government should complete the job of English devolution. This report calls on the next government to reset the English devolution agenda and puts forward 30 proposals – which can and should be implemented over the next five years – to...

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Cost cutters

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society sets out how the UK can address the poverty premium and make markets work for low-income families. The recent cost-of-living crisis and fall in living standards has been unprecedented in living memory. And while the rate of inflation may have fallen, families are still struggling to...

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The next step for transport in Wales

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs recommends a deliberative approach to sustainable transport, developed in partnership with communities. Wales needs a future-proof transport system to face up to the realities of climate change, but Welsh Government is faced with a complex set of challenges: encouraging take-up of electric vehicles (EV)...

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Building consent: housing by popular demand

This report from UK think tank Localis sets out ideas for housing by popular demand in harmony with existing communities and in line with the contours of place. The contributors to Localis’s essay collection set out ideas for a hope-filled future in which the new homes and developments our country needs might be built in...

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Home win

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs discusses a future scenario where Britain has solved its housing crisis. This paper is written in the style of a report from the future (the year 2035), or more precisely, from a possible future, in which Britain has successfully solved its housing crisis. Looking...

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Climate adaptation in UK homes

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance outlines the need for government to work with energy suppliers, so that residents can be prepared for a changing climate. Climate change impacts are here to stay. From record temperatures and flooding to increased levels of subsidence, worsening air pollution and even the reshaping of our coastlines,...

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Productivity and investment: time to manage the project of renewal

This report from UK think tank the National Institute of Economic and Social Research aims to address the policy question of how to raise UK investment. This report aims to address the policy question of how to raise UK investment in order to meet the long-standing challenge of a slowing in productivity growth. The paper...

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Greater and greener development

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at improving the development levels of UK housing in a way that is consistent with protecting the environment. The polling report provides strong policy ideas for — and a strong case to — the Government for improving the development levels of UK housing and infrastructure in...

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Living rent that works

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at unlocking genuinely affordable homes for thriving lives. The Government supports those least well off through the provision of “affordable housing”. However, too often these homes do not live up to their name. Previously, we have found that less than a quarter of...

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The sky’s the limit

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance outlines the potential of ZEF and its importance in reaching a net zero carbon economy. Aviation will be one of the only sectors still emitting carbon in 2050. On current projections, it is unlikely to make any significant decarbonisation progress until the 2040s. The UK government’s current...

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Wales, the journey to Net Zero

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs sets out a vision for accelerated infrastructure investment in Wales. Despite ambitious targets and a swathe of measures to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, Welsh Government is currently failing to meet the pace and scale of change required by the challenge...

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Cooped up

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute quantifies the cost of housing restriction. This paper classes the removal of restrictions as allowing owners of existing dwellings to redevelop their properties so they are up to 8 stories tall. Our model found that liberalising these restrictions would boost the welfare of every person...

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Data on the beneficial ownership of property and land

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Public Data looks at the trusts loophole for land ownership transparency in the UK. This report explores the main loophole for land ownership transparency in the UK: trusts. It calls on the Government to treat trusts the same as it treats all other landowners. This would...

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Related Events

30 May 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

We need to talk about road pricing

This event hosted by UK think tank the Centre for Cities will discuss the future of road pricing in UK cities. Pioneered by Singapore and London, road pricing mechanisms have helped urban areas make significant progress on air quality and supported modal shift in recent decades. More recently, UK cities from Bath to Glasgow have...

13 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Better local data, better local decisions

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities explores how data can inform evidence-based policy making. Local data is important for evidence-based policy making at the local level. Drawing on Centre for Cities’ recent publication, LA Evidential, this event is an opportunity to hear from ONS Local and a local authority on how local data...

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'Levelling up' has become one of the big agenda items for this government but how can it be helped by industrial strategy? Use the Spending Review and R&D Place Strategy to increase support for business innovation in lagging regions By James Blagden (Onward) In recent decades the UK’s regions have diverged so much that we...

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