• Anthony Beyga
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    The government wants to promote resilience, but it can do more than just teaching ‘soft skills’

The government wants to promote resilience, but it can do more than just teaching ‘soft skills’

We tend to think of resilience as being able to ‘bounce back’ from crises – to manage and overcome adversity. But Hardeep Aiden and Katherine Runswick-Cole argue that building resilience is about more than developing ‘soft skills’. It’s about having access to a supportive network of resources and relationships in the first place.

In February the All Party Parliamentary Group […]

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    The unnecessary and underpriced sale of Royal Mail illustrates the financialisation of our society

The unnecessary and underpriced sale of Royal Mail illustrates the financialisation of our society

The sale of Royal Mail at a heavy discount has highlighted the increasing clout of the financial sector. At least five of the investment banks that served as advisers to the government were also allocated shares on behalf of their asset management divisions for distribution to clients. Meanwhile, Royal Mail is cutting jobs and increasing prices above and beyond what might […]

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    While there is evidence that workless spells are associated across generations, the ‘culture of welfare dependency’ argument does not hold

While there is evidence that workless spells are associated across generations, the ‘culture of welfare dependency’ argument does not hold

There is little hard evidence on the extent to which the ‘curse’ of intergenerational worklessness exists and what might be driving it. Research by Lindsey Macmillan finds that though the problem is overstated, there is indeed evidence of individuals from workless families churning in and out of the labour market at a more frequent rate to those from employed families. […]

What market-based patient choice can’t do for the NHS

Choice in healthcare does not often work in ways that economic models predict and policy makers expect, writes Marianna Fotaki. For example, the evidence that choice leads to greater efficiency is not persuasive.  The theory of market imperfections in healthcare demonstrates the problems of replicating such simplistic assumptions about human behaviour in policy settings.

The Coalition government is committed to a […]

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    Increasing involvement of private finance in the higher education sector will have important consequences for academic institutions in the UK

Increasing involvement of private finance in the higher education sector will have important consequences for academic institutions in the UK

Changes in higher education policy are altering the way academic institutions are functioning in Britain. Andrew McGettigan takes a look at the implications of new funding mechanisms for higher education and writes that new methods of debt issuance will increase the financial fragility of academic institutions. Furthermore, due to the increase in students accessing loans, governments will soon be […]

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    The lifting of constraints on drawing down retirement pension pots marks the end of an era

The lifting of constraints on drawing down retirement pension pots marks the end of an era

The budget announcement has been pitched as an end to compulsory annuitisation. More significant, however, is the scrapping of rules limiting the drawdown of funds from private pension pots, writes Deborah Mabbett. The government is taking a risk, but if the state pension is going to have to be paid anyway there are no savings for the Exchequer to […]

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    Insights from a new evidence base suggest a way forward in tackling exclusion and homelessness

Insights from a new evidence base suggest a way forward in tackling exclusion and homelessness

Poverty is just one of a series of issues which combine to place people at the margins of our society. The evidence is unequivocal about the complexity of multiple needs and the scale of policy and practical challenges that it raises. But it is also clear about the right way forward. By focusing on joined up and preventative working, getting […]

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    The Privacy Impact Assessment undertaken for care.data isn’t clear on what opting out would mean for our data

The Privacy Impact Assessment undertaken for care.data isn’t clear on what opting out would mean for our data

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) exist to aid policymakers mitigate identified privacy risks and minimise unintended privacy impacts. So did the care.data PIA miss important issues or were its recommendations mishandled? It would appear both, writes Edgar Whitley. 

A recent edition of the Daily Telegraph led with a story about the details of the care.data proposals.  In making its claims that patient confidentiality could […]

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