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Sticking around: The rise of the expert Minister?

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.

The politics of housing: the 2015 general election

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.

Is Labour gambling on growth?

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.

PRESS RELEASE: SMF Budget 2015 reaction

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.

Getting to integrated care via Manchester

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.

Making better use of bonds

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.

Universal Credit: Who will speak for the 99.7%?

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%?

Labour and the Vice-Chancellors

SMF Director Emran Mian explores why Vice Chancellors are so worried about the imminent announcement of Labour’s new higher education fees policy

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.