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Thinking about the future (of the welfare state)

‘A change is gonna come’ Next month, the George Osborne policy of freezing benefits will come to an end. The freeze began in 2016 but was announced in 2014, in...
Published: 03 March 2020
Author: Richard Hyde
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How a points-based system could mean better immigration policy

In other countries, points-based systems which govern immigration for work have encouraged a culture of greater empiricism, a willingness to review outcomes, learn from them and adapt immigration policies accordingly. Will the UK have a similar experience?

Published: 03 March 2020
Author: Jonathan Thomas
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Trade unions need a refresh. Political parties of all colours should take an interest

One of the most dramatic economic developments over the past 40 years, has been the declining power and influence of trade unions.

Published: 03 February 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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The “North” is everywhere – why we shouldn’t divide the country in two

The recent election has led many people to divide the country into the north vs. the south. At Westminster there has been much talk about the northern “red wall”, about...
Published: 03 February 2020
Author: Kathryn Petrie
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SMF’s Non-manifesto manifesto

On 6th November, Parliament was dissolved and Britain set course for an election on 12th December. Election campaigns are supposed to be a time when would-be leaders of the nation...
Published: 09 December 2019
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Politicians aren’t talking about… teacher recruitment and retention

England does not have enough teachers. Department for Education data published in late November 2019 shows that for the seventh year in a row, the government has failed to recruit...
Published: 09 December 2019
Author: Linus Pardoe
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