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

Ask the Expert – “Guided by the Science”: the purpose of scientific advice after the Coronavirus pandemic

In our first UKRI-sponsored Ask the Expert virtual panel event, the SMF brought together three different experts to discuss the future of scientific advice in policymaking.

Published: 29 July 2020
Author: Georgia Herries
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Commentary

The office is dead. Long live the office.

The Prime Minister wants us to start returning to the office. But the mass homeworking experiment has been a success for many firms. Offices will need to evolve as a result.

Published: 17 July 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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Commentary

Return to spender: the Chancellor’s costly stamp duty gamble

Rishi Sunak's stamp duty holiday is risky and expensive. Here are three housing measures he could have announced instead.

Published: 10 July 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Amy Norman
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Media Release

Online gambling should face £100 a month cap on spend

Gamblers should be protected by a new £100-a-month cap on spending to limit the harm that can be done by online gambling, a think-tank recommends today.

Published: 05 August 2020
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Media Release

£421 billion plan to tax rising house prices to pay for the Coronavirus crisis

Tens of billions of pounds of new taxes should be levied on increases in the value of homes to ensure the costs of the coronavirus crisis do not fall unfairly on younger people, a think-tank report says today.

Published: 23 July 2020
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Media Release

Let high street shops die – and build new homes in their place

High street shopping units left empty by the collapse of retail businesses should be converted into hundreds of thousands of new homes built by the public sector, a think-tank report says today.

Published: 22 July 2020
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