A tale of two human rights lawyers: Could a Labour government realise a better future in the UK for refugee protection with control?
The question of whether and, if so, how countries can construct arrangements to transfer asylum seekers to other countries is viewed with alarm by most supporters of refugee rights. But this need not be so. This briefing shows how Labour’s focus on the potential for tough action on Channel crossings, when combined with improved responsibility sharing for refugees across Europe, may represent a way forward that is compatible with the Refugee Convention, and a preferable alternative to the ‘Rwanda scheme’.
|Published:||24 October 2023|
Supply change: Seizing opportunity in the UK heat pump supply chain
Despite the government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the UK’s heat pump supply chain is still in its infancy and remains much weaker than in mainland Europe or Asia. This report explores the economic and environmental benefits of making the UK’s heat pump supply chain more robust and provides recommendations for how to turn this opportunity into a reality.
|Published:||18 October 2023|
|Author:||Niamh O Regan|
Bare necessities: Towards an improved framework for social tariffs in the UK
The cost of living crisis has left many households struggling to afford essential goods and services. This report explores the case for social tariffs – discounts offered to certain vulnerable customers – the goods they are best suited to and how they should be designed to deliver for all.
|Published:||29 September 2023|
|Author(s):||Sam Robinson, John Asthana Gibson|
Full scale: How to ensure more British firms grow to their potential
The UK is an attractive place to start a business, but those start-ups find it harder than in other countries to scale up. This report looks beyond the issue of access to capital to highlight other barriers holding UK businesses back from expanding and realising their full potential.
|Published:||26 September 2023|
|Author(s):||John Asthana Gibson, Aveek Bhattacharya|
Towns Vitality Roadmap: A new policy framework for the UK’s towns
Towns are the backbone of our economy, the heart of our communities, and the engine of job creation. Yet, they often face significant challenges, including funding allocation, skills challenges, infrastructure issues and digital adoption. In a time of economic uncertainty, rising living costs, and productivity challenges, it is crucial to create the right conditions for towns, helping them to thrive and grow.
|Published:||19 September 2023|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Sam Robinson|
The view from the ground: Building a greater understanding of the impact of fraud and how the public view what policymakers should do about it
The UK is experiencing an epidemic of fraud, yet the threat of it has remained neglected in political debates about crime, with insufficient research into the problem. This report investigates the extent of fraud, its economic and psychological impact on victims, and sheds new light on the public’s attitudes towards key debates on fraud policy.
|Published:||14 September 2023|
|Author(s):||Richard Hyde, Peter Wilson|
Chewing it over: Public attitudes to alternative proteins and meat reduction
Whereas vegetarianism and veganism were once relatively fringe, interest in reducing meat consumption – whether on animal welfare, health or environmental grounds – is on the rise. This report, the second of three in a series on the impact of alternative proteins on animals, investigates public attitudes towards meat reduction and the role of alternative proteins in these societal shifts.
|Published:||05 September 2023|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Christopher Bryant, Abby Couture|
A bitter taste? Exploring the political constraints on public health policies
This is the second of three papers exploring tobacco, alcohol, obesity and gambling policy. It explores the political opportunities and constraints around action on these issues, based on a review of polling evidence and interviews with policymakers involved in implementing major public health policies.
|Published:||28 August 2023|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Khazna Chami|
Social tariffs and the cost of living: Assessing the case for social tariffs as a mechanism to ensure access to essentials
As the cost of living crisis intensifies, there are growing concerns that the market is unable to provide affordable access to essential goods and services. This interim report investigates the depths of the affordability crisis and the case for social tariffs – discounts on products sold in free markets granted to disadvantaged consumers – as a means of helping those most in need during the current crisis, and beyond.
|Published:||17 August 2023|
|Author(s):||Sam Robinson, John Asthana Gibson|