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    Acute hospital beds in England are run at equivalent levels of capacity to prison places

Acute hospital beds in England are run at equivalent levels of capacity to prison places

Bed occupancy rates in acute and general hospital services are likely to climb well above 90 per cent by the end of the financial year. Simon Bastow examines the systemic effects of this on A&E performance, and finds that only very few hospitals can run continually high bed occupancy while maintaining A&E performance.

The political and media storm around crisis in […]

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    Public support for freedom of choice in schools does not translate into backing for all forms of diversity of provision

Public support for freedom of choice in schools does not translate into backing for all forms of diversity of provision

How does the general public regard faith-based schools? Are they seen as one of the ways by which individual parents are able to exercise freedom of choice? Analysis by Stratos Patrikios and John Curtice of attitudes to school choice and faith-based schools in all four parts of the UK strongly suggests that people’s attitudes towards faith-based schools have in fact […]

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    The move from PFI to PF2 is likely to make it more, rather than less, expensive to deliver new healthcare facilities in the future

The move from PFI to PF2 is likely to make it more, rather than less, expensive to deliver new healthcare facilities in the future

What impact the introduction of ‘Private Finance 2′ (PF2) have on the cost of projects for the public authorities that use it? Mark Hellowell is the author of a new report which looks into how PF2 will affect the healthcare sector. He writes that, far from avoiding the ‘PFI mess’ ascribed to its predecessors, the government is taking a […]

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    The realities of living on welfare are significantly different from government and media characterisations

The realities of living on welfare are significantly different from government and media characterisations

Ruth Patrick considers the extent to which there is a (mis)match between government and media rhetoric and the lived experiences of those directly affected by welfare reform. Her research demonstrates the very hard ‘work’ which ‘getting by’ on benefits entails, ‘work’ which serves to counter characterisations of claimants as passive and inactive. She argues that attending to the lived experiences of welfare reform is critical in […]

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    How many judicial review cases are received by UK government departments?

How many judicial review cases are received by UK government departments?

In a recent debate in Parliament, the secretary for justice Chris Grayling was unable to provide a number when asked how many judicial review cases are brought against government ministries. Ruth Dixon looks at the numbers, finding no evidence of an explosion of judicial challenges to central government departments.

During a debate in parliament on 1 December, Chris Grayling (Lord Chancellor and Secretary […]

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    New evidence shows people use food banks due to the negative effects of welfare reform

New evidence shows people use food banks due to the negative effects of welfare reform

The use of food banks has been rising in the UK in the last few years. However, not much is concretely known about what is actually driving this trend. Moussa Haddad presents the findings of new research which identifies both the broader context of food bank users’ lives and the immediate triggers for their referral. The research shows that the immediate income crisis […]

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    Having a legal right to settled accommodation empowers homeless people in Scotland

Having a legal right to settled accommodation empowers homeless people in Scotland

Scotland is exceptionally unusual in granting virtually all homeless people a legal entitlement to settled accommodation. Drawing on comparative research with single homeless men in Scotland and Ireland, Beth Watts asks what difference such legal rights really make to experiences of homelessness.

Should access to housing for homeless people be a legal right? Though housing tends to be seen as […]

Universal Credit has more than just an IT problem

There has been another setback for the government’s flagship welfare reform programme, Universal Credit. David Finch explains the issues, writing that under the current plans for UC, some of the information that claimants will be required to provide will be difficult to get right. 
The program to deliver Universal Credit (UC) has already been reset by the Major Projects Authority, and now […]

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