The Smith Institute

The Smith Institute, founded in 1996 in memory of the late John Smith MP, is a leading independent, not for profit, public policy think tank. We aim to inform, develop and promote policies that help create a society which is productive and prosperous, but shares it wealth and power with a strong sense of social justice and fairness. We have a first-rate reputation among politicians, the media, policy-makers, opinion formers, academics and decision-makers in the private, public and third sector. With our staff and research fellows we provide high-quality research, advice and education and posses an extensive network of research fellows and contacts. Through our reports, briefings, monographs, events, lectures, surveys, classes, and website, the Institute offers a platform for informed debate on a wide range of topics. We are interested not only in innovation and new ideas, but also in how to translate policy into practice. Besides our published research, the Institute also offers an advisory and consultancy service. All our work is open to scrutiny and each project we undertake is independently funded. We are a highly trusted organisation and do not depend on personal donations or gifts; instead we receive sponsorship from a wide range of organisations, including professional bodies, companies, local government, universities, campaign groups, trade unions and charitable foundations.

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By Paul Hunter

This report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at the impact of Universal Credit on rent arrears for…

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By Lewis Shand Smith

This report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at how to improve the private rental market by recognising…

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By Paul Hunter

This latest report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at Universal Credit and rent arrears in Southwark. This…

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By Steve Barwick

This latest report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at the impartiality of the civil service in a…

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By Paul Hunter

This latest report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at why poverty and inequality is increasing in outer…

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