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The time has come: a UK Sovereign Investment Fund

The UK’s public finances are currently facing acute pressure due to the current pandemic and the government’s policy response. These short-term difficulties have negative knock-on effects for a number of existing long-term challenges that UK Exchequer faces.

Published: 27 August 2020
Author: Richard Hyde
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The Government has committed to a review of the 2005 Gambling Act. Here’s what that review should look like.

The 2005 Gambling Act was designed to regulate gambling, in all its forms. But 15 years later, the world has changed, and gambling has changed too: bookies’ shops on the high street are fading, as gambling goes online. And a gambling law written before the first iPhone went on sale is clearly no longer fit for purpose.

Published: 06 August 2020
Author: Jake Shepherd
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Ask the Expert – “Guided by the Science”: the purpose of scientific advice after the Coronavirus pandemic

In our first UKRI-sponsored Ask the Expert virtual panel event, the SMF brought together three different experts to discuss the future of scientific advice in policymaking.

Published: 29 July 2020
Author: Georgia Herries
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The office is dead. Long live the office.

The Prime Minister wants us to start returning to the office. But the mass homeworking experiment has been a success for many firms. Offices will need to evolve as a result.

Published: 17 July 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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Return to spender: the Chancellor’s costly stamp duty gamble

Rishi Sunak's stamp duty holiday is risky and expensive. Here are three housing measures he could have announced instead.

Published: 10 July 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Amy Norman
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Institutional racial discrimination in schools

In Britain, racial discrimination starts early. Black children are more likely than white peers to be excluded from school and face in-class discrimination.

Published: 26 June 2020
Author(s): Jake Shepherd, Amy Norman
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