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    Interethnic attitudes: How sites of youth engagement can foster intergroup cohesion

Interethnic attitudes: How sites of youth engagement can foster intergroup cohesion

James Laurence discusses how organised social participation in a group or club can impact young people’s interethnic attitudes. He finds that such participation does lead to positive changes, evident months after the event. He argues that these findings provide encouraging evidence that sites of youth engagement, especially national engagement schemes, can foster intergroup cohesion.

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    Social distancing and productivity: How to manage a volatile period of growth for the UK economy

Social distancing and productivity: How to manage a volatile period of growth for the UK economy

How can we boost productivity and help the economy grow during a period of social distancing? Linda Yueh writes that there is an urgent need for government and businesses to support technology investment. This will help change workplace norms as well as enable workers who can work from home do so more effectively.

The Chancellor says the UK has fallen […]

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    COVID-19 and educational losses: The case for sending the youngest back to school

COVID-19 and educational losses: The case for sending the youngest back to school

Jo Blanden and Birgitta Rabe discuss the decision to send the youngest students back to school this summer. They explain why doing so may be important for children’s education and wellbeing, as long as health risks can be mitigated.

The government recently confirmed that pupils in Year 6, Year 1, and Reception will be expected to return to English schools […]

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    A policy scandal of epic proportions: Why a public inquiry into adult social care and COVID-19 is necessary

A policy scandal of epic proportions: Why a public inquiry into adult social care and COVID-19 is necessary

Bob Hudson makes the case for an inquiry into the government’s slow response to protecting adult social care settings from the coronavirus pandemic. He outlines the three key issues that such an investigation will need to address and the questions it must answer.

The longer the impact of COVID-19 in the UK has continued, the more the focus of concern […]

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    At greater risk: Why COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting Britain’s ethnic minorities

At greater risk: Why COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting Britain’s ethnic minorities

Lucinda Platt and Ross Warwick investigate recent claims that minority ethnic groups are being worse affected by COVID-19. Drawing on new IFS research, they show that accounting for group differences in age and geography, mortality is disproportionately high for all minority groups, with black Africans particularly badly affected. At the same time, some groups, particularly Pakistanis and Bangladeshis face […]

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    COVID-19 and job security: How to prevent a ‘pandemic of unemployment’

COVID-19 and job security: How to prevent a ‘pandemic of unemployment’

Ewan McGaughey writes that job security, workplace democracy, and labour law are the best defence against the impending depression. Yet these are also areas in which the UK and US are lacking. He offers some suggestions on how to prevent mass unemployment resulting from the coronavirus lockdowns.

After the coronavirus pandemic, the world will face a ghastly depression. In the […]

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    COVID-19 and low-income families: The government must lift the benefit cap and remove the two-child limit

COVID-19 and low-income families: The government must lift the benefit cap and remove the two-child limit

The government has done little to directly support families with children in the light of COVID-19, write Ruth Patrick, Aaron Reeves, and Kitty Stewart. This oversight, together with existing welfare arrangements, render families most in need of help unable to get it.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all – but some of us more than others. New data from […]

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    COVID-19 and social care funding: A window of opportunity for reform

COVID-19 and social care funding: A window of opportunity for reform

Mathew Wills and Caroline Glendinning argue that COVID-19 is increasing the political cost of sticking with the social care status quo, and highlights the need for significantly higher and more sustainable funding. They explore what the sector could do to maximise the chances of achieving successful reform.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the government has announced £3.2bn in emergency […]