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

How the UK governs could dent hopes of levelling up

Is the Government overestimating its ability to “double down on levelling up”? Professor Philip McCann – one of the UK’s foremost economic geographers – certainly thinks so.

Published: 02 March 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Commentary

The Government’s case for civil service relocation doesn’t stack up

The Government has set out its ambitions to move 1 in 4 civil servant roles currently based in London to the regions. But does the evidence support the claim that this will help the country "level up"?
Published: 23 February 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Commentary

‘Pub relief’ on alcohol duty could support hospitality and reduce harmful drinking

This analysis sets out how reforms to alcohol duty could boost pub sales by 100 million pints a year, providing a lifeline to the hospitality industry and reducing harmful drinking.

Published: 19 February 2021
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe
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Media Release

Social Market Foundation responds to Budget 2021

The Chancellor delivered the UK Government's latest Budget today - his 15th major fiscal announcement - setting out plans for the final stages of economic support during the Coronavirus crisis and the forthcoming recovery. The Social Market Foundation's response to the Budget follows below.

Published: 03 March 2021
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Media Release

Nearly 800,000 homeowners vulnerable to repossession during the pandemic

Almost 800,000 households could be vulnerable to repossession if they suffered a loss of income, a new think-tank report says today.

Published: 25 February 2021
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Media Release

Decades of failure leaves half of disabled benefits claimants in poverty

Decades of reforms and political promises have failed to help disabled people, with 42 per cent of all people in homes relying on disability benefits now in poverty, according to new analysis published today by The Social Market Foundation and Scope.

Published: 24 February 2021
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