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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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Working hand in hand?

This report from UK think tank the Centre for European Reform makes recommendations on how the UK and its European allies could better co-ordinate their support to Ukraine.. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a watershed moment in European security. So far, Britain, Germany and other European countries have worked closely to support Ukraine. But Russia...

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Skills matter: shaping a just transition for workers in the energy sector

This report from UK think tank IPPR argues that delivering a just transition must include developing an understanding of future career options for energy sector workers. The transition to a net zero economy is both a necessity and an opportunity for the UK. In this report, we focus on the challenges workers face in the...

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Debanked

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs examines the economic and social consequences of anti-money laundering regulation. Debanking became a news story in 2023 when Nigel Farage alleged that Coutts had closed his account because its executives disapproved of his political opinions. A study by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed...

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Evolution and revolution

This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at a 10-year plan to reform the curriculum and assessment system in England. Whoever wins the next election should aim to preserve those parts of our education system that contribute to higher standards such as rigorous courses and exams. However, many mistakes have been made over the...

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Manufacturing matters: the cornerstone of a competitive green economy

This report from UK think tank IPPR makes the case for building green manufacturing in the UK. We make the case for building green manufacturing in the UK, and put forward a framework for how to make choices about which capabilities we most need. UK manufacturing has declined far more than other advanced economies in...

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Manifesto for a thriving world: IIED’s connected ambition, 2024 and beyond

This report from UK think tank the International Institute for Environment and Development presents their refreshed approach to impact. Following a year of review and dialogue, this manifesto presents IIED's refreshed approach to impact. This new approach to working on problems, in equitable learning partnerships, focuses on specific propositions to progress towards a thriving world....

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Our places, our planet

This report from UK think tank CLES sets out a road map for creating the conditions for local climate action. We stand on a precipice, one that is simultaneously fraught with danger and alive with possibility. That urgent action is needed on climate change is beyond doubt. Nor is there any question that our places...

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Shared goals

This report from UK think tank British Future explores the unique power of club football to foster a shared sense of identity across people from different backgrounds. Support for club football reaches across our society, spanning political, social and ethnic divides. ‘Shared Goals: The power of football to connect diverse communities’ sets out new research...

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Who runs Whitehall?

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government highlights the need to improve the way officials are appointed to the most senior roles and managed once in post. This report reveals, for the first time, the backgrounds, appointments, pay and management of 148 of Whitehall’s top civil servants. The IfG’s findings make clear...

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A pre-election gloom

This report from UK think tank NIESR provides a quarterly economic forecast of the UK economy. Continued anaemic UK GDP trend growth, at about 1 per cent, together with inflation coming back to target, means that the winner of the next general election will have to raise taxes to maintain the existing provision of public...

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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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Shifting priorities? Employer responsibility in the third year of the cost of living crisis

This report from UK think tank The Work Foundation looks at how employers are supporting their workers with rising costs. Work Foundation analysis shows that low paid workers are vulnerable to the continued cost of living crisis as only 30% of British firms plan above inflation pay rises this year. Our new report with the...

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Testing patience

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at reducing the burden of the English school curriculum. Nearly a decade on from the last major reforms, politicians are again turning their attention to the national curriculum. This Social Market Foundation briefing assesses claims that the curriculum is ‘too packed with content’ and...

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