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    Is UK economy really as strong as the government says it is?

Is UK economy really as strong as the government says it is?

The British economic model needs fundamental reform, without which the UK will remain in a particularly weak position – one that is only exacerbated by the challenges of Brexit. Grace Blakeley draws on IPPR’s latest report to explain why, despite the headline figures on employment and growth, the reality is different.

As the UK negotiates to leave the European Union, […]

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    Devolution revolution? Assessing central-local relationships in England’s devolution deals

Devolution revolution? Assessing central-local relationships in England’s devolution deals

Much recent debate has been generated by the priorities of the newly-elected metro-mayors and their implications for the sub-national governance of England. But the broader question is: will they lead to longer-term change in relationships between central and local government? Mark Sandford, Sarah Ayres, and Matthew Flinders argue that, although not radical, England’s devolution deals may contain the seeds […]

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    Until government releases its Brexit analyses, the data available suggests we are better off in the EU

Until government releases its Brexit analyses, the data available suggests we are better off in the EU

The government has refused to publish its sector-by-sector analyses of the impact of Brexit, arguing that releasing them they would undermine its negotiating position. Molly Scott Cato says businesspeople trying to plan for the future have a right to know what the likely effects of leaving the EU will be.

It was, I thought, a fairly reasonable request, for an MEP […]

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    Who will be cold this winter? Addressing the complex problem of fuel poverty in England

Who will be cold this winter? Addressing the complex problem of fuel poverty in England

Although fuel poverty affects a wide variety of households in diverse ways, the government’s definition of who is experiencing fuel poverty is too narrow, argues Lucie Middlemiss. She explains why that is, and what other countries can teach us about alternative approaches.

As winter approaches, people around England will be dreading the months of cold weather. The extra costs of […]

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    Warning: the cost of Brexit could seriously damage your health service

Warning: the cost of Brexit could seriously damage your health service

Leaving the EU would free up more money for the NHS, according to Leave campaigners. This pledge has been all but disowned – and in any case, writes Joan Costa-Font, Brexit will impose further costs on an already cash-strapped service. The biggest effect will be on wage bills, but it will also restrict choice for Britons and raise procurement costs.

Healthcare and the National […]

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    How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

How Tenant Management Organisations have wrongly been associated with Grenfell

Tenant Management Organisations are small, tenant-led organisations that take on a number of landlord functions from local councils. The one managing Grenfell Tower, however, was actually an Arms Length Management Organisation – wholly owned by the council, writes Anne Power. She explains why the difference matters in light of the disaster at Grenfell.

When the Grenfell fire disaster happened, very […]

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    Why Basic Income alone will not be a panacea to social insecurity

Why Basic Income alone will not be a panacea to social insecurity

Neil Warner, Frederick Harry Pitts, and Lorena Lombardozzi explain why a successful implementation of a basic income will require a wider and more radical intervention in the economy.

A great deal of recent commentary and discussion suggests that Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an idea whose time has come. Although hundreds of years old as a proposal, it is probably […]

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    How the Labour vote reflects a values-based realignment of the British electorate

How the Labour vote reflects a values-based realignment of the British electorate

Voters are in the process of seeking comfortable places in a party system still reflecting old divides, writes Paula Surridge. She explains how changes within Labour’s constituency provide further evidence of a re-ordering of British politics, where the old divides of left and right gradually give way to generationally-based divides on social values.

The received wisdom on British electoral politics […]