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    The cuts in local government funding have had a significant impact on London’s most deprived communities

The cuts in local government funding have had a significant impact on London’s most deprived communities

How has the significant cuts to local authority funding affected front-line services? There had undoubtedly been enormous strain on services and front-line staff, with councils have argued that the limits to efficiency have been reached. Amanda Fitzgerald presents findings from a new report for the Trust for London into the most deprived communities in London.

The local government funding cuts announced […]

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    Politicians are clearly misreading EU provisions regarding freedom of movement

Politicians are clearly misreading EU provisions regarding freedom of movement

UKIP’s success in the Clacton by-election has prompted further unease in Conservative and Labour ranks, with free movement of people in the EU, a cornerstone of the Union, now suddenly under fire from the political elite. Brad Blitz writes that the shift in tone is not only at odds with previous policies, it reflects a clear misreading of EU provisions regarding the free […]

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    Employing a trophy architect can get a London developer a valuable extra 19 floors

Employing a trophy architect can get a London developer a valuable extra 19 floors

In the highly uncertain world created by the UK planning system’s decision-making method, employing an architect who has already won a lifetime achievement award – and whose work thus has the imprimatur of ‘iconic design’ – can get a London developer a valuable extra 19 floors on a representative site. Paul Cheshire and Gerard Dericks explain the costs to society of these incentives to ‘game’ […]

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    Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?

Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?

A close reading of international climate politics points to subtle but important changes in the diplomatic process and the positions of major actors, writes Robert Falkner. However, it looks like differentiation and flexibility in national commitments will be the price to pay for a climate agreement that includes all major emitters.

So here we go again. World leaders gather at a UN […]

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    Reducing inequalities in mental health is a task for the whole of government and all sectors

Reducing inequalities in mental health is a task for the whole of government and all sectors

While mental disorders may affect anyone in society, there is a social gradient in common mental disorders (depression and anxiety) with a higher prevalence found among those living in poorer households. What can be done? Early identification of people at risk and action on the social determinants is essential, writes Ruth Bell.

Thankfully, there is now increased attention on improving access to therapeutic treatments […]

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    Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Rising inequality is one of the most pressing political issues. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Danny Dorling discusses the problems posed by inequality, the situation within the UK, and why the current trends are likely to prove unsustainable.

Although many social scientists, most notably Thomas Piketty, have provided evidence of rising inequality across Europe and the rest of […]

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    We must ensure not to be caught unaware by the potential reach of the payday lending industry

We must ensure not to be caught unaware by the potential reach of the payday lending industry

The payday loan industry is set to change dramatically. For one, new regulation that will set a limit on how much a payday lender can charge per loan will soon be unveiled. But an industry very often wedded to predatory practices will find ways to circumvent regulatory strictures. In this article, Carl Packman highlights the extent to which payday lenders internationally have […]

October 20th, 2014|Carl Packman, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Gone with the wind: House prices are negatively affected where turbines are visible

Gone with the wind: House prices are negatively affected where turbines are visible

Wind turbines are generally popular as a source of green energy but face considerable opposition from the people who have to live near them. Steve Gibbons uses local property markets as a way to value the visual impact of wind farms and finds significant negative effects on house prices in postcodes where the turbines are visible.

Since the mid-1990s, there has been rapid growth in the number of wind […]

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