The Social Market Foundation is Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank, standing proudly in the centre-ground of politics since 1989.  We bring together people of all parties and none to develop evidence-based policies that support a fair society and a strong economy.

Commentary

Opportunities and constraints of the emerging CBD market

Despite its medicinal and economic potential, regulatory constraints and outdated political views are hindering the impact of CBD. In this blog, Jake Shepherd, SMF Researcher, discusses the emerging CBD market and what the current regulatory landscape means for hemp farmers, consumers, and the industry as a whole.

Published: 23 June 2022
Author: Jake Shepherd
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Commentary

Making it count: The stakes are high for Multiply

Multiply – the Government’s new multi-year adult numeracy programme to be launched in the Autumn – aims to address the UK's maths crisis. In this blog, whilst welcoming the additional funding and commitment to levelling up adult education, Linus Pardoe sets out three challenges that the programme needs to be overcome to make the money count.

Published: 22 June 2022
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Commentary

Show me the money: UK needs to go further on pay transparency

Salary transparency is on the move, but it’s multi-faceted and not everyone is convinced of its merits. But the evidence is there to support it and, with any luck, the Government pilot announced on International Women’s Day is just the beginning.

Published: 13 May 2022
Author: Niamh O Regan
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Media Release

‘Cut hospitals and deploy the private sector to save the NHS from collapse’

The NHS will collapse without “radical and unpopular” changes including reducing the number of hospitals, setting up treatment hubs run by the private sector and transferring power and funding to local councils, a former health minister says today.

Published: 03 July 2022
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Media Release

SMF think tank responds to Private Rented Sector White Paper

The Social Market Foundation responds to the Government’s Private Rented Sector White Paper, out today.

Published: 16 June 2022
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Media Release

Voters and businesses support online court hearings

Most voters and businesses back the continued use of online court hearings as part of the modernisation of the justice system, a think-tank says today.

Published: 14 June 2022
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