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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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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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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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Post-Brexit regulation and the report of the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform

The Taskforce for Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform published its final report recently, which was far from perfect, but more balanced than many might have feared.
Published: 30 June 2021
Author: Richard Hyde
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Delivering homes for “Geordie Tory” is a Conservative priority, but beware the backlash from vulnerable mortgage holders

Commentators are forever searching for neat ways to carve up the political universe. Towns vs cities; Remainers vs Leavers; North vs South. Such binary narratives should always come with a health warning: our society is rarely so straightforward.

Published: 30 June 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Should we tax automation?

Contemporary labour markets are characterised by rapid and accelerating automation. This has led to growing interest in the idea of taxing automation in order to soften the blow on those who lose out. While governments should certainly mitigate the damaging effects of new technologies, a tax on automation to fund these interventions is a price not worth paying.

Published: 30 June 2021
Author: Tom Parr
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