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Commentary

A ‘cost-of-living bonus’? The case for direct cash payments to help squeezed households

Aveek Bhattacharya examines possible policy suggestions that can be used to respond to the mounting cost-of-living crisis. Evaluating each, he finally calls on Rishi Sunak's Treasury to give direct cash transfers to households to give them the power to best decide how to respond to rising costs.

Published: 20 January 2022
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Commentary

The new consumer trilemma? Innovation, fairness and a just transition to net zero in the energy market

This blog, by Fair By Design's Martin Coppack and Carl Packman, analyses the shortcomings of the current energy products market and makes a case for inclusive designing that prevents low-income households from paying the poverty premium.
Published: 14 December 2021
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Commentary

To get to grips with crime, we need to understand why more and more victims are giving up on prosecution

The UK Government has dubbed this week as 'crime week', drawing our attention to its record on criminal justice. In this article, Aveek Bhattacharya analyses statistics on crime, to show that there are no simple answers on why there is a growing trend of crime victims not going ahead with prosecution.
Published: 10 December 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Media Release

Companies ignore poverty despite ESG promises, new research shows

Big companies are ignoring poverty even as they promise to support the ESG agenda of greener and more responsible capitalism, new analysis reveals today.

Published: 23 January 2022
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Media Release

Sunak should give £300 cash ‘cost of living bonus’

Rishi Sunak’s Treasury should reject over-complicated solutions to the cost-of-living crisis and simply make one-off cash payments to millions of households, a leading economist says today.

Published: 20 January 2022
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School choice fails to empower parents, study finds

Policies to increase school choice have not given parents a greater sense of control over their children’s education, new research has found.

Published: 13 January 2022
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