Urban schools: funding matters and cuts will have consequences for academic achievement

It might seem self-evident that a school’s resources influence its pupils’ educational outcomes, yet so many studies have found little association between greater funding and improved academic achievement. Steve Gibbons and colleagues examine whether money makes a difference in the context of urban primary schools in England. The question of whether there is a link between school resources and pupil […]

A curious IMF report, lost lessons of history and Scotland’s vision for self-determination: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

How would Britain vote in a referendum on the EU? Peter Kellner at YouGov unpacks the latest polling and notes the inconsistencies in the numbers.

Stephanie Flanders mulls over this week’s ‘curious’ IMF report on the UK, suggesting that the message was essentially one of: ‘great policies – shame about the economy’.

Jonathan Portes at Not the Treasury View notes the fallacy of celebrating […]

With the budget on the horizon, the government should take the opportunity to create a fairer and more equal tax system for pensioners

The British government is rightly committed to raising the tax allowance argues Tim Leunig. However, more could be done to ensure that affluent pensioners are not unfairly benefitting from the tax free lump sum and the national insurance exemption options. Given that the tax allowance is going up, the government should revisit the additional tax allowance given to pensioners. This […]

Book Review: Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times, by John D. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser

Collaborative partnerships between the public and private sectors are essential if the global economy is to stay afloat, argue John Donahue and Richard Zeckhauser in this new book on how to achieve public goals more effectively. Bringing their important lessons to life through a variety of interesting case studies, Sasha Jesperson finds that the authors provide a must-read for anyone involved in the future of public […]

Hester gives up his bonus, Goodwin loses his knighthood, and Huhne loses his job: political blog round up 28 January – 3 February

Danielle Moran, Joel Suss, Cheryl Brumley and Julian Kircherr round up the week in political blogging.

The parties

The Tory Diary charts the Prime Minister’s remarkable string of good luck but The Green Benches list Cameron’s seven years of broken promises. The FT’s Westminster Blog shows how a legal aid bill may heat up the House of Lords.

Liberal Conspiracy explores public opinion […]

Book Review: In Defence of Politicians (In Spite of Themselves) by Peter Riddell

How can voters trust politicians that consistently say one thing yet do another? Rory Creedon reviews Peter Riddell’s lastest work, which considers exactly how our levels of respect and trust have changed following the expenses scandal, cash for questions, and other sleazy political behaviour. In Defence of Politicians (In Spite of Themselves). Peter Riddell. Biteback Publishing. 2011. Find this book:  In […]

The proposed benefit cap for those out of work means that government expects people to live on 62p per day

The Welfare Reform Bill is to be debated by the House of Lords later today. One of its most controversial features is a benefit cap of £26,000 for those out of work. Tim Leunig takes a close look at what this cap will mean in reality for those on benefits, and finds that people could be left with as little […]

Questions of racism, dire economic predictions and a call for elder statesmen: Round up of political blogs for 31 December to 6 January

Chris Gilson, Amy Mollett and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging. The economy Eoin Clarke at The Green Benches has 9 simple ways to reform profit taxes to reward good businesses, while John Redwood says that it is time to end the squeeze on the private sector by cutting taxes and regulations. Richard Murphy at […]

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