Laura Gardiner

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    Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap – and why it matters

Votey McVoteface: what’s driving the generational turnout gap – and why it matters

With youth turnout having decreased dramatically over the past two decades, Laura Gardiner explains some of the drivers behind this change. She writes that, although housing insecurity may be driving young people away from engaging in the political process, it is precisely their vote that could precipitate meaningful change.

We are days away from a General Election. Candidates will be […]

The rise and rise (?) of zero-hours contracts

While the evidence is mounting that zero-hour contracts are here to stay, we shouldn’t overplay their impact on the labour market: they still affect only a very small minority of workers and some value the flexibility they bring, writes Laura Gardiner. 

For many, zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) are emblematic of the UK’s labour market experience during the financial crash, contributing to stronger-than-expected […]

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    Households have been coping remarkably well with high housing costs, but interest rate rises lurk just around the corner

Households have been coping remarkably well with high housing costs, but interest rate rises lurk just around the corner

How do different households cope with housing costs? Laura Gardiner summarises new research which highlights the resilience and ingenuity of modest income families in mitigating housing affordability challenges. But the eventual rise in interest rates will spell trouble for many. In London for example, even with a combination of strategies in place, modest income families are likely to have to spend at least half […]

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    Half of the regions and nations of the UK still have lower employment rates than they did at the onset of recession

Half of the regions and nations of the UK still have lower employment rates than they did at the onset of recession

Today’s labour market statistics marked a break-even moment, with the working age employment rate going above its pre-recession level for the first time. However, the headline masks a very uneven picture across regions and nations; the ‘jobs gap’ remains in half of these, writes Laura Gardiner. 

Today’s employment statistics mark an important point on the long road to recovery from the historically deep downturn we have […]

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    The ‘housing pinched’: Which UK households are most at risk of falling over the edge?

The ‘housing pinched’: Which UK households are most at risk of falling over the edge?

Decades of chronic housing undersupply have meant that housing price growth has consistently outstripped income growth, driving up costs across tenures and meaning that households spend a growing share of their disposable incomes on their accommodation. New research by Laura Gardiner examines the UK households that are spending more than half of their disposable income on housing costs. Most of the ‘housing pinched’ are […]