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Labour health plans raise big concerns

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

Back to politics as usual?

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.

What If the Chancellor Means What He Says?

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

Slowing Down the Revolving Door

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.

The Budget Deficit – the problem with waiting

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.

George Osborne needs wage growth not spending cuts

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.

Ending the divide

We have some of the best universities in the world and, recognising their critical role in social mobility, we insist that access is determined by merit rather than by means. Yet when it comes to our independent schools, we accept … Continued

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