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Commentary

Queen’s Speech is a promising start to Government plans for FE and adult education

In one sense, not much has changed in terms of Government FE and adult education policy as a result of the Queen’s speech.

Published: 14 May 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Commentary

Assessing and addressing the UK’s health inequalities

A year on from COVID-19 being declared a worldwide pandemic, the UK has consistently placed high up in the global league tables of declared cases and deaths. But why has the health impact of the pandemic been so severe? What role have pre-existing health inequalities played? Our most recent Ask the Expert event, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation sought to answer these questions, with our panel of experts Professor Vittal Katikireddi, the Health Foundation’s Dr Jennifer Dixon and the NHS Confederation’s Joan Saddler OBE.

Published: 30 April 2021
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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How can retail banks do what matters to drive the post-COVID recovery?

Retail banks have been at the heart of the UK’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic: supporting the nation to manage its money through the terrible personal and financial costs the disease has wreaked – from payment holidays through to bounce back loans. Now, banks have a new role to play. Not only in supporting economic recovery, but in ‘building back better’: resetting the balance between generating investor returns and serving community interests.

Published: 16 March 2021
Author: Debbie Crosbie
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Media Release

Consumers suffer as pandemic hits competition and boosts big business

Key consumer markets became less competitive during the pandemic as customers shopped around less and big suppliers captured a greater market share, new research reveals today.

Published: 10 May 2021
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Media Release

Advocates’ failure to grasp public concerns over asylum has given Home Office upper hand over reforms

Migrant rights charities and activists have failed to address public concerns that many people claiming asylum in the UK are not genuine refugees, a think-tank report says today.

Published: 05 May 2021
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Employee share owners enjoy a £10,000 wealth premium

Low-income workers who own shares in the company they work for enjoy a £10,000 “wealth premium”, new analysis shows today.

Published: 04 May 2021
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