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Commentary

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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Commentary

A step change for capitalism

The past year’s public health crisis has provoked an extraordinary economic intervention by the Government. Only the most diehard of free market advocates have decried the approach. Instead, there has been a wide recognition, right across the political spectrum, that if the economy is to weather these unprecedented circumstances, ideology must be firmly set aside.

Published: 16 March 2021
Author: John Glen MP
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Commentary

Expecting better: Labour’s renewed relationship with business

The Coronavirus crisis has affected us all, although not equally. Experiences of the last year depend considerably on where in the country you live, your ethnicity, gender, the nature of your job and the type of business in which you work.

Published: 16 March 2021
Author: Anneliese Dodds MP
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Media Release

Hartlepool is ‘apprenticeship capital of England’ – by-election study

Hartlepool has more school-leavers who go on to advanced apprenticeships and other “higher technical” qualifications than anywhere else in England, a think-tank reveals today.

Published: 13 April 2021
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News

New opportunity: Events and Office Administrator

A fantastic opportunity to join the Social Market Foundation - Britain's leading cross-party think tank - in a role supporting the delivery of our events and day-to-day activities. Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021

Published: 30 March 2021
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Media Release

Reform immigration rules to provide more safe routes into the UK for refugees who can better contribute economically

In its ‘New Plan for Immigration’ the Government has re-stated its desire to continue prioritising the resettling of refugees. However, it also issues concern that those refugees struggle to find...
Published: 25 March 2021
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