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: Is green prescribing an answer to improving wellbeing post-COVID-19?

In the latest instalment of the Social Market Foundation’s Ask the Expert series, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, we were joined by Dr Daisy Fancourt, Carl Petrokofsky and Graham Duxbury to discuss the impact of the pandemic on people’s wellbeing and engagement with the natural environment, and the benefits of green prescribing.

Published: 22 December 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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Commentary

What giving good gifts and designing better social programmes have in common

In what is fast becoming a mini-tradition itself, it feels as though every year we get a fresh round of the ‘economists vs gifts’ row.

Published: 16 December 2020
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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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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Media Release

Create new ‘Health Hubs’ for high streets after the pandemic

Town centres where shops and offices fall vacant should be used to establish new “health hubs” combining GP surgeries, health and social care services and gyms, a think-tank says today.

Published: 19 January 2021
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Media Release

Covid warnings aren’t an effective obesity strategy

Government appeals to Britons to slim down in response to Covid-19 have not helped most people living with obesity to lose weight, according to new think-tank research.

Published: 13 December 2020
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Media Release

16% of children missed meals due to hardship during pandemic

16% of parents say their children missed meals due to hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, a think-tank report shows today.

Published: 09 December 2020
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