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Commentary

Show me the money: UK needs to go further on pay transparency

Salary transparency is on the move, but it’s multi-faceted and not everyone is convinced of its merits. But the evidence is there to support it and, with any luck, the Government pilot announced on International Women’s Day is just the beginning.

Published: 13 May 2022
Author: Niamh O Regan
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Commentary

The thin(ning) blue line

Increasing police numbers can reduce crime rates, and yet - as Richard Hyde points out - it is an aspect of policing that isn’t as prominent as it should be. As crime will likely become more complex, Hyde calls on police and policymakers to invest in increasing police numbers, so that we can not only to stay on top of the current high levels of crime, but also reduce them substantially.

Published: 04 April 2022
Author: Richard Hyde
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Commentary

Fraud is now Britain’s dominant crime, but policing has failed to keep up

Fraud is now the most common crime in England and Wales, costing the UK economy £137bn each year. In this blog, Richard Hyde, Scott Corfe and Bill Anderson-Samways examine the inadequacy of police resource dedicated to tackling the problem, and call on the Government to take a comprehensive “systems approach” to tackling fraud, enacting reforms that can endure over decades.

Published: 04 March 2022
Author(s): Richard Hyde, Scott Corfe, Bill Anderson-Samways
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Media Release

Road pricing is ‘fairer and more popular than fuel duty – and inevitable’

Charging motorists a levy based on the miles they drive would be fairer and more popular than the current fuel duty regime and could even help address the cost of living crisis, new research presented in Parliament today shows.

Published: 15 May 2022
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Media Release

Cheering up ‘sad’ Londoners is key to levelling up – think-tank

The unhappiness of people living in big cities such as London must be addressed for the Government to deliver on its “levelling up” promises, new research shows today.

Published: 11 May 2022
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‘Families pawning belongings to pay for food as inflation bites’

People on low incomes are pawning household goods to pay for food and rent as the cost of living rises, new research shows today.

Published: 08 May 2022
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