All political parties now acknowledge the importance of more integrated - or person-centred - care. The challenge is now how to pursue this during the next parliament. This paper attempts to tackle how commissioning and funding would work in an integrated health and care service.
Following the financial crisis, UK households experienced the longest period of falling real wages since records began. They were poorly prepared for this, having run down savings and taken on increasing amounts of debt during the 2000s. It is estimated … Continued
The 2015 party conferences present an exciting time to participate in crucial debates and discussions. Building on the continued success of the Social Market Foundation’s previous conference programmes, we are now seeking sponsors to work with us at the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP conferences this Autumn.
The great British rail debate is muddled by the portrayal of two competing narratives; one, put out by the train operating companies, emphasises the positives and the other, coming from the rail unions, highlights the negatives of rail privatisation. At this Chalk + Talk, Professor Williams sets out a wider discussion on what these conflicting narratives mean for both rail users and policy makers.
SMF Director Emran Mian explores whether the recent increased ministerial lifespan is creating expert Secretaries of State and what implications this has for civil servants, policy makers and political accountability.
SMF researcher Ben Richards examines whether spending commitments that were targeted at specific local areas by the Chancellor in his last budget before the election boosted votes.
SMF Director Emran Mian examines the prospects for post-election deal-making. He finds that despite the fervent attempts at differentiation by the parties during the campaign, there’s a lot of policy common ground.
A general energy price freeze will stifle the strong competition in the industrial and commercial supply market by removing the demand side pressure suppliers currently face, leading to negative consequences for UK businesses warns think tank the Social Market Foundation (SMF).
Successive governments have failed to address the fundamental problem of housing supply. Will a Conservative or Labour government post-2015 do any better? SMF Chief Economist Nida Broughton, and Research Director Nigel Keohane, offer analysis of the party election manifestos.