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).
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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.
Following the Conservative 2015 manifesto launch, SMF Researcher Ben Richards looks at the party’s discredited commitment to reducing net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ and asks: what would a good migration target look like?
Labour is presenting itself as the new party of fiscal responsibility, with a “Budget Responsibility Lock” to prove it. SMF Chief Economist Nida Broughton analyses the Labour 2015 manifesto to see if this true for their election commitments.
SMF Research Ben Richards looks at the complex relationship between Universal Credit and the experience of low incomes tenants in the Private Rented Sector
SMF Researcher Ben Richards summarises our latest ESRC sponsored Chalk + Talk session with Professor John Hills on the myths surrounding the UK welfare debate.
The SMF respond to Budget 2015 by saying that while Osborne’s Budget didn’t contain the expected pre-election giveaways, it was most certainly aimed at the voting public.
SMF Communications Manager Sean O’Brien summarises our latest ERSC sponsored Chalk + Talk session with Professor Rachel Gibson on digital campaign techniques.
A new SMF report warns that the declining financial position of younger workers and those on low incomes puts a limit on the UK economy’s ability to depend on consumer spending for growth.
SMF Chief Economist Nida Broughton outlines the findings of our latest briefing ahead of 2015 Spending Review which explores the inconsistencies caused by ring fencing certain areas of government spending.
In this guest blog, Jill Rutter of the Institute for Government argues that if we are to make further inroads on the deficit, we need to remove the iron ring fence the Treasury holds around so-called tax expenditures.
A new system of charges is needed for an integrated NHS and social care service to distribute the costs of care more fairly across the system, urges a major new report by think tank the Social Market Foundation.
SMF Researcher Ben Richards summarises our latest Chalk + Talk session with Professor Julian Le Grand on public services and privatisation.
SMF Research Director Nigel Keohane writes that the decision today to give Greater Manchester responsibility for a £6bn health and social care budget is a game changer in the pursuit of better care and more efficient use of care spending.
Reverse auction schemes – where suppliers bid for consumer’s business – would spark fresh competition in consumer markets and help those on low incomes achieve better value for money, says a new report by think tank the Social Market Foundation (SMF).
SMF Economist Katie Evans looks at why bonds are so underused by UK savers compared to their European counterparts – and how we can fix this.
Leading politicians, health experts and practitioners call for urgent action on the funding and integration of health and social care in a major new essay collection, released today by think tank the Social Market Foundation (SMF). A Problem Shared: Essays … Continued
SMF Research Director Nigel Keohane examines Universal Credit’s national roll-out. He argues that there is quite a bit of rolling-out still to do because as of January 2015, there were 26,940 claimants on Universal Credit. This constitutes only 0.3% of the 8 million households that should end up on Universal Credit. So, he asks, what must we have in mind when thinking about the remaining 99.7%?
SMF Researcher Karen Hindson and Chief Economist Nida Broughton summarise our latest Chalk + Talk session on social mobility and higher education.
SMF Director Emran Mian explores why Vice Chancellors are so worried about the imminent announcement of Labour’s new higher education fees policy
SMF Researcher Karen Hindson and Chief Economist Nida Broughton summarise the latest Chalk + Talk session on Britain’s relationship with the EU.
SMF Research Director Nigel Keohane analyses today’s health and social care policy announcements by Andy Burnham and Ed Miliband. He finds Labour’s plans raise big concerns #labnhsplan
SMF Director Emran Mian responds to analysis of our new school choice research in today’s edition of The Times.
SMF Economist Katie Evans examines the implications of today’s inflation and house price figures on households incomes, particular those who don’t own their own home.
SMF Director Emran Mian wonders if we’re back to business as usual after the tragic events in Paris or if there are wider implications for our politics visible in the response of the UK public.
SMF Research Director Nigel Keohane examines the news that a private healthcare provider will cease to run Hinchingbrooke NHS trust. He argues that this raises a number of important questions about how the market in health services does and should operate.
The mid-life income squeeze faced by households aged between 35-44 leads almost half (48%) of those who stop saving into a pension do so because of cash flow troubles according to exclusive polling in a new report from leading think tank the Social Market Foundation.
This morning’s post-Autumn Statement briefing at the Resolution Foundation, kicked off by Martin Wolf, was on the whole scathing about the Chancellor’s announcements. Wolf repeated what he said in his FT column that the ambitions on future public spending cuts … Continued
This is an intensely political Autumn Statement with an economic argument behind it. The future course of deficit reduction is specifically designed in order to underline the Conservatives’ long term focus. But the argument for it is made in terms … Continued
The potential of Western development aid and assistance, aimed at lifting the world’s poorest out of poverty, is often ‘wasted’ in countries lacking functioning, accountable institutions and where the rule of law is not fully established, according to a new … Continued
British consumers want better business behaviours in financial services and would be willing to switch provider to get it, according to exclusive polling in a new report from the Social Market Foundation (SMF).
In the lead up to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, SMF’s new briefing reveals the scale of the deficit waiting for the next Government with entirely new numbers.
SMF researcher Ben Richards summarises the latest of our ESRC sponsored Chalk + Talk series where Professor Eric Kaufmann, University of London, presented his work on the white British response to ethic change
SMF Director Emran Mian writes about Labour, Ed Miliband and the Europe question
SMF researcher Ben Richards summarises the latest of our ESRC sponsored Chalk + Talk series where Professor Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford, presented her work asking: who is the ‘migrant’, and why should ‘we’ be worried?
Dr Mirko Draca reflects on the findings of a new SMF policy briefing published last week in partnership with the CAGE research centre at the University of Warwick.
That’s the question raised by the news today that Government is looking at a tax free ISA for peer to peer lending.
Why should we worry about the £100 billion a year deficit? The Conservatives aren’t, they’ve announced tax cuts, and Ed Milliband couldn’t even remember to put it in his speech. But there is one reason to worry, and that’s the currency.
Tax revenues flowing into the Treasury would make a big difference to the amount of spending cuts needed argues Chief Economist Nida Broughton ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s speech to the Conservative Party conference.
SMF Director Emran Mian reflects on Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Party Conference 2014