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Commentary

Ask the Expert: Achieving a green and just recovery from the Coronavirus crisis

In this instalment of the SMF’s Ask the Expert series, convened in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, we were joined by Ece Özdemiroğlu, Polly Billington and Matthew Pennycook MP to discuss how a green and just recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could be achieved.

Published: 30 November 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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Commentary

The ‘new normal’ might look more like the old one than we expect

“I never make predictions, especially about the future”, the American sage Yogi Berra is reported to have said. If only the rest of us had such a luxury.

Published: 30 November 2020
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Commentary

SR2020 lacked a punch on skills provision and jobs creation

The Chancellor was right to declare an “economic emergency” at the House of Commons dispatch box yesterday. If he believes this is an emergency driven by an escalating employment crisis, it is one which can be remedied through Government-created jobs and much more ambitious skills provision.

Published: 26 November 2020
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Media Release

Fixing Britain’s broken asylum system means taking more refugees

Migrant rights campaigners and the Home Office should agree a truce and work together on an approach that could see Britain accepting more refugees through safe and legal routes, a think-tank says today.

Published: 30 November 2020
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Media Release

Crackdown on “low-quality degrees” worthless without proper assessments

Politicians who criticise “low-quality” degree courses should develop a clearer way of assessing university courses, a new report says today.

Published: 19 November 2020
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Media Release

Covid unemployed need big new training package

Workers losing jobs in the pandemic desperately need a major overhaul of adult skills and training services to help them find new work and avoid falling into poverty, a report says today.

Published: 12 November 2020
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