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Cost-of-living crisis: How does the Government’s response compare to our proposal?

A few weeks back, our chief economist Aveek Bhattacharya suggested that the Government should respond to rising household costs – in particular higher energy prices – with a ‘cost-of living-bonus’. The scheme the Treasury decided to go with is decidedly different. Drawing on modelling by Policy Engine UK, Bhattacharya compares the two plans, finding that the SMF's proposal is better targeted and reduces poverty more than the Government's scheme.

Published: 15 February 2022
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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The Civic University

Nicky Fairbairn, a Real Estate Partner and member of the Further Education team at International law firm DAC Beachcroft, asks Scott Corfe, Research Director at the Social Market Foundation, about the role civically minded universities will play in shaping the future of our town and city centres.

Published: 08 February 2022
Author: Scott Corfe
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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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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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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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Untapped potential: why we need to better support ethnic minority businesses

Is enough being done to tackle the systemic barriers facing ethnic minority businesses? The panellists at our recent event on entrepreneurship and diversity in the UK certainly don’t think so.

Published: 02 December 2021
Author: Saskia Giraud-Reeves
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