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    How the rising cost of essentials has tightened the squeeze on family incomes

How the rising cost of essentials has tightened the squeeze on family incomes

New research suggests that benefit cuts, harsher benefit rules and the rising costs of essentials are all hitting poor families in the UK at the same time. This can only serve to reinforce the urgency of making sure people on low incomes are protected, writes Moussa Haddad.

The years since the financial crisis have been a tough time for those on […]

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    Schools: the evidence on academies, resources and pupil performance

Schools: the evidence on academies, resources and pupil performance

School academies really ought to be a big election issue, writes Sandra McNally, because the Academies Programme represents the largest shake-up in the education system for many years.

The UK continues to perform at about the OECD average in international rankings of pupil achievement with an unchanged performance over the last 10 years. The most high profile international test is […]

April 1st, 2015|Featured|0 Comments|

The strong but declining support for pensioner benefits

Support for pensioner benefits has fallen considerably since the mid 2000s, find Ben Baumberg and Peter Taylor-Gooby when looking at the British Social Attitudes series. Unexpectedly, the most recent decline (2011-2013) is concentrated on people who read particular newspapers; there is a huge decline in support among readers of broadsheets, whether these are the left-wing broadsheets (the Guardian, Independent and i) or the […]

Real wages and living standards: the latest UK evidence

Since the global financial crisis, workers’ real wages and family living standards in the UK have suffered to an extent unprecedented in modern history. Real wages of the typical (median) worker have fallen by almost 10 per cent since 2008; and real family incomes for families of working age by almost the same. In this article, part of CEP’s Election Analysis, […]

Despite Cameron’s defeat on intervening in Syria, Parliament actually has relatively weak war powers compared to legislatures in other democracies

Last night, in a highly unusual move, the House of Commons voted against the UK’s intervention with military force in the on-going conflict in Syria, the first time a prime minister has lost a vote on military action since 1782. As part of Democratic Audit’s 2012 audit of UK democracy, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Andrew Blick, and Stephen Crone considered Parliament’s powers in this area. Although Parliament has […]

The (not-so) green shoots of recovery

Today saw the announcement of 0.6 per cent GDP growth for the second quarter of this year, leading the Chancellor, George Osborne, to claim that the economy is now ‘on the mend’. John Van Reenen takes a close look at these claims, finding that the UK’s economic indicators are by no means in the best of health. A dislocated financial sector and […]

We need fundamental innovation and change in local government

The spending review saw further cuts to local government budgets, which will have left the sector feeling somewhat hard done by. There were nonetheless some positives, such as the integrated health and social care commissioning, but they could have gone much further. Jonathan Carr-West argues that long term changes to our society, economy and environment require us to think radically about what local services […]

For those who seek to strengthen alcohol regulation, the experience of tobacco control shows that comprehensive policy change is neither quick nor inevitable.

Why is there more tobacco control policy than alcohol control policy in the UK? Paul Cairney examines their post-war histories to demonstrate ‘paradigm’ change in tobacco, but not alcohol, policy. Tobacco control policy is more advanced in key areas, including a ban on advertising and promotion, high taxes to discourage consumption, unequivocal health education and warning labels on products. He […]