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|
Household energy: a long-term funding proposal
This briefing presents a long-term solution for keeping consumer energy companies afloat through the current crisis while limiting the financial burden on taxpayers, drawing upon the structure of the Brady Plan which helped to successfully resolve the 1980s sovereign debt crisis.
|Published:||01 September 2022|
Installing for time? New evidence on the attitudes of home heat installers towards decarbonisation and heat pumps
This report draws attention to the home heat workforce - the plumbers, heating and gas engineers, and installers - who will be playing an essential in delivering the UK's net zero targets. It provides much-needed insight into the challenges and barriers facing the industry, and highlights the need for policymakers to step in and address them.
|Published:||08 February 2022|
|Author(s):||Amy Norman, Niamh O Regan|
Did no one call the plumber? Analysis of the Heat and Buildings Strategy’s approach to skills and workers
This briefing paper analyses the Government’s recent Heat and Buildings Strategy, published last month, insofar that it provides clarity, direction and support for the workers who would deliver the decarbonisation of home heat and thus play a key role in the UK’s Net Zero plans.
|Published:||18 November 2021|
Banking and competition in the UK economy
This report explores the state of competition in the UK economy, and the extent to which supposedly competitive markets are delivering good outcomes for customers, with a particular focus on the retail banking sector. It sets out a range of policy recommendations for enhancing competition in the banking sector and the UK economy more broadly.
|Published:||10 May 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya, Richard Hyde|