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The in-crowd: Five different perspectives on the UK’s latest immigration figures
Now that the hot takes to last week's immigration figures have cooled, the SMF's migration expert Jonathan Thomas offers five more measured insights on what they mean.
|Published:||29 November 2023|
No, banning no-fault evictions will not cut rental housing
The long-awaited ban on no-fault evictions continues to evade us, based on claims that it will harm the rental market and reduce supply. But what does the evidence say? Looking at Scotland and other jurisdictions suggests that claims of harm are entirely misplaced.
|Published:||08 November 2023|
Getting ahead of the curve: Preventing the rise of fentanyl and other potent synthetic opioids
The United States is currently facing a devastating opioid crisis, with potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl driving increasing overdose deaths. While these drugs have not yet taken a firm hold in the UK, the domestic situation could get considerably worse. In this blog, Jake Shepherd discusses the potential impact of the evolving drug landscape, including measures that could be taken to avert crisis.
|Published:||03 November 2023|
Childcare in the UK: Inefficient or underfunded?
The answer lies not just in comparing the costs to parents, but also the societal costs of providing childcare - which are surprisingly difficult to work out, requiring bottom-up data gathering and calculations. In this blog, SMF's Hari Menon compares the cost of provision between UK and Sweden, to open up the discussion on childcare accessibility.
|Published:||19 October 2023|
Abolishing the Shortage Occupation List: The next stage in the evolution of UK labour immigration policy?
It may seem counterintuitive that, in a time of ongoing labour shortages in the UK, the Migration Advisory Committee has recommended abolishing the use of the Shortage Occupation List which allows employers greater leeway to bring in overseas workers into shortage positions at a salary discount. Jonathan Thomas, SMF Senior fellow and migration expert, explains what is going on and highlights existing aspects of the UK’s system which could be adjusted to help better address shortages while supporting wages and working conditions.
|Published:||06 October 2023|
Braverman is right that the asylum system is broken, but we can fix it within the Refugee Convention
Home Secretary Suella Braverman is right to criticise the international asylum system, but wrong to blame the Refugee Convention. In this blog, Jonathan Thomas shows why states sharing responsibility for legitimate refugees is a political, not legal, problem.
|Published:||27 September 2023|
The Government’s rowing back on net zero will cost families more – thousands more, in fact
Rishi Sunak claims that rowing back on key net zero policies will be saving households money - but is this true? In this blog, we provide cost-benefit analysis of Sunak’s announcements EVs, home energy efficiency and boilers - showing that ultimately families will end up paying thousands more.
|Published:||21 September 2023|
|Author(s):||Niamh O Regan, Gideon Salutin|
Use it or lose it: The government should use the £1.5bn Immigration Skills Charge proceeds for their proper purpose
The latest figures show that the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) has raised almost £1.5 billion in revenue since its introduction. In this blog, Jonathan Thomas argues that the government should be clear that it is devoting these funds towards the ISC’s stated aim of addressing skills gaps in the UK workforce, rather than allowing them to disappear into an all-purpose black hole.
|Published:||19 September 2023|
Canary Wharves in the Coal Mines: How Investment Zones can improve productivity outside of London
In the Spring Budget, Jeremy Hunt re-introduced a plan for investment zones, claiming that they will create "mini Canary Wharves' across the UK. In this blog, Gideon Salutin argues that without additional funding and bold action on fiscal devolution, the Chancellor's claim is unrealistic.
|Published:||04 August 2023|