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How the UK governs could dent hopes of levelling up

Is the Government overestimating its ability to “double down on levelling up”? Professor Philip McCann – one of the UK’s foremost economic geographers – certainly thinks so.

Published: 02 March 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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The Government’s case for civil service relocation doesn’t stack up

The Government has set out its ambitions to move 1 in 4 civil servant roles currently based in London to the regions. But does the evidence support the claim that this will help the country "level up"?
Published: 23 February 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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‘Pub relief’ on alcohol duty could support hospitality and reduce harmful drinking

This analysis sets out how reforms to alcohol duty could boost pub sales by 100 million pints a year, providing a lifeline to the hospitality industry and reducing harmful drinking.

Published: 19 February 2021
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Scott Corfe
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Without swift action, COVID-19 could usher in an age of greater inequality

The Coronavirus crisis is entrenching existing inequalities and stands to create new ones without firm action from policymakers.

Published: 15 February 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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A productivity silver lining? How COVID-19 has boosted tech uptake amongst SMEs

In this post, we reflect on our recent Ask the Expert event on the future of small businesses after the pandemic, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation.

Published: 25 January 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Ask the Expert: Is green prescribing an answer to improving wellbeing post-COVID-19?

In the latest instalment of the Social Market Foundation’s Ask the Expert series, held in partnership with UK Research and Innovation, we were joined by Dr Daisy Fancourt, Carl Petrokofsky and Graham Duxbury to discuss the impact of the pandemic on people’s wellbeing and engagement with the natural environment, and the benefits of green prescribing.

Published: 22 December 2020
Author: Rhiannon Sewell
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