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Queen’s Speech is a promising start to Government plans for FE and adult education

In one sense, not much has changed in terms of Government FE and adult education policy as a result of the Queen’s speech.

Published: 14 May 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Assessing and addressing the UK’s health inequalities

A year on from COVID-19 being declared a worldwide pandemic, the UK has consistently placed high up in the global league tables of declared cases and deaths. But why has the health impact of the pandemic been so severe? What role have pre-existing health inequalities played? Our most recent Ask the Expert event, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation sought to answer these questions, with our panel of experts Professor Vittal Katikireddi, the Health Foundation’s Dr Jennifer Dixon and the NHS Confederation’s Joan Saddler OBE.

Published: 30 April 2021
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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How can retail banks do what matters to drive the post-COVID recovery?

Retail banks have been at the heart of the UK’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic: supporting the nation to manage its money through the terrible personal and financial costs the disease has wreaked – from payment holidays through to bounce back loans. Now, banks have a new role to play. Not only in supporting economic recovery, but in ‘building back better’: resetting the balance between generating investor returns and serving community interests.

Published: 16 March 2021
Author: Debbie Crosbie
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A step change for capitalism

The past year’s public health crisis has provoked an extraordinary economic intervention by the Government. Only the most diehard of free market advocates have decried the approach. Instead, there has been a wide recognition, right across the political spectrum, that if the economy is to weather these unprecedented circumstances, ideology must be firmly set aside.

Published: 16 March 2021
Author: John Glen MP
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Expecting better: Labour’s renewed relationship with business

The Coronavirus crisis has affected us all, although not equally. Experiences of the last year depend considerably on where in the country you live, your ethnicity, gender, the nature of your job and the type of business in which you work.

Published: 16 March 2021
Author: Anneliese Dodds MP
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As schools return, vulnerable children must not be left behind

This blog reflects on our recent SMF Ask the Expert event, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, exploring the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable children.

Published: 12 March 2021
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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