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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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Commentary

Ask the Expert – The COVID-19 gender gap

In the latest instalment of the SMF’s Ask the Expert series, we were joined by Oxford University’s Professor Barbara Petrongolo who gave an insight into new data on gender and the labour market during the Coronavirus crisis drawn from Understanding Society’s COVID-19 supplement.

Published: 19 November 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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Commentary

Boris Johnson’s Net Zero announcement hides some difficult truths

Vote blue for green jobs in the red wall. That’s the message we’re supposed to take from Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan for Net Zero today.

Published: 18 November 2020
Author: James Kirkup
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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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Media Release

“Boiler backlash could derail Net Zero agenda” – think-tank

Ministers should urgently launch a major campaign of public education about the need to reduce carbon emissions from British homes by replacing conventional gas boilers, a think-tank says today.

Published: 02 November 2020
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