Commentary & Podcasts
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|
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|
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|
The new consumer trilemma? Innovation, fairness and a just transition to net zero in the energy market
|Published:||14 December 2021|
To get to grips with crime, we need to understand why more and more victims are giving up on prosecution
|Published:||10 December 2021|
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|