Markets are the best way to create and distribute wealth, but they don’t always work well for all the people in them. We research ways that sensible interactions between the state and the private sector can maximise growth and fairness.
Safe as houses: strengthening the UK’s mortgage safety net
This report explores the subject of “mortgage safety nets” - support for mortgage-holders in the event of loss of income or employment.
|Published:||25 February 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Amy Norman, Jake Shepherd|
The Government has committed to ensuring nationwide gigabit broadband coverage by 2025. This report finds that without significant policy reform, the Government is unlikely to meet its target of full fibre to the premises (FTTP) rollout within the next five years.
|Published:||07 October 2020|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Kathryn Petrie|
Alcohol-free and low-strength drinks: understanding their role in reducing alcohol-related harms
This report examines the market for alcohol-free and low-strength products – “NoLo drinks” - in the UK. It explores recent trends in the market; consumer demographics and habits; the regulation and marketing of NoLo products; and the potential impact on health outcomes.
|Published:||08 September 2020|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Jake Shepherd|
Gambling review and reform: towards a new regulatory framework
This report puts forward a series of policy recommendations ahead of the Government’s anticipated review of the 2005 Gambling Act.
|Published:||05 August 2020|
|Author(s):||James Noyes, Jake Shepherd|
Paying for the coronavirus
This report, written by leading taxation policy expert Michael Johnson, calls for tens of billions of pounds of new taxes to be levied on increases in the value of homes to ensure the costs of the coronavirus crisis do not fall unfairly on younger people. By imposing a new "Property Capital Gains Tax", the Treasury could accrue £421 billion over the next 25 years.
|Published:||23 July 2020|
Bounce back Britain
This report, authored by Andrew O'Brien (Director of External Affairs for Social Enterprise UK), argues that the Government should break the norm of cutting business taxation at a time of economic crisis and instead embark on an ambitious programme of structural reform to UK plc in the wake of coronavirus.
|Published:||04 June 2020|
Returning the favour: a new social contract for business
In this report, the SMF's Director, James Kirkup says businesses should agree a “new social contract” on improved tax compliance, treatment of workers and support for communities in exchange for emergency support during the coronavirus crisis.
|Published:||30 March 2020|
The impact of Insurance Premium Tax on UK households: 2020 Update Report
This Social Market Foundation report presents updated analysis into the impact of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) on households
|Published:||28 February 2020|