Commentary & Podcasts

Commentary

The Hostile Environment: The Empire Strikes Back

The Court of Appeal has ruled on a very important legal challenge to a core element of the UK Government's ‘hostile environment’ approach to immigration control, the ‘right to rent’ rules that require private landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants before letting to them.
Published: 14 May 2020
Author:
Read
Commentary

Homes, health, and COVID-19: how poor housing adds to the hardship of the coronavirus crisis

Written by: Amy Clair, ESRC Research Centre for Micro-Social Change, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Published: 02 April 2020
Author: Amy Clair
Read
Commentary

For more than 1 million Britons, access to food is not a recent challenge, but a familiar concern

The past few days have been astonishing, for many reasons.  The coronavirus, Covid 19, has shoved the economy into what is almost certainly a deep recession, and cherished civil liberties...
Published: 26 March 2020
Author:
Read
Commentary

School closures risk widening educational disparities

Yesterday, March 18th, in response to COVID-19 the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced that schools in England would close from Friday to all children except those of “key workers” and...
Published: 19 March 2020
Author:
Read
Commentary

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:
Read
Commentary

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:
Read
Page 2 of 51