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

A fantasy Programme for Government

Ahead of the Scottish Government launching its 2021 Programme for Government, SMF Chief Economist Aveek Bhattacharya puts the usual constraints on decisionmaking to one side and imagines what the next year of policy could look like in Scotland.

Published: 24 August 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Commentary

Curriculum reforms show how the UK is drifting apart

Whether you see the 'knowledge-rich curriculum' as admirable commitment to principle or wilful dogmatism, England is continuing its drift away from the other UK nations.
Published: 26 July 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Commentary

The facts of the matter: England is shifting to a ‘knowledge-rich curriculum’

This blog reflects on the Minister for School Standards' recent speech to the Social Market Foundation on reforms to implement a 'knowledge-rich curriculum' in England. You can watch the full speech below.

Published: 26 July 2021
Author: Saskia Giraud-Reeves
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Media Release

Raab must end women’s unnecessary suffering in the criminal justice system

Dominic Raab, the new justice secretary, should make a national priority of reforming a criminal justice system that frequently fails abused and vulnerable women, a think-tank says today. The Social...
Published: 23 September 2021
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Media Release

UK must respect non-graduates or face turmoil – former Cabinet minster

Britain risks more political and social turmoil unless politics and business offer more opportunity and respect to people who do not have a university degree, a former Cabinet minister warns today.

Published: 21 September 2021
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Media Release

“Baby shortage” could spell economic stagnation for UK

Britain risks long-term economic stagnation because falling fertility rates will deepen the country’s “baby bust”, a think-tank report warns today.

Published: 20 September 2021
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