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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.

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Banking on building back better – How can a stakeholder economy help rebuild the UK after COVID-19?

This essay series, collected in partnership with the Chartered Banker Institute, re-evaluates the concept of the stakeholder economy in light of the economic and social shockwaves delivered by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Published: 16 March 2021
Author: Social Market Foundation
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Double or nothing? Assessing the economic impact of gambling

This report explores the economic footprint of the entire gambling industry and its sub-sectors, and considers the extent to which the “economic defence” of business as usual stands up to scrutiny.
Published: 10 March 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya, Jake Shepherd
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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
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Time for savings auto-enrolment?

This paper argues that policymakers should introduce a savings auto-enrolment scheme to help bolster financial resilience amongst low-paid workers.
Published: 18 October 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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Funding fibre

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
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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
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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
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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
Author: Michael Johnson
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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
Author: Andrew O’Brien
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