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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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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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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
Author: James Kirkup
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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
Author: Scott Corfe
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Beyond levelling up: the Conservative case for tackling inequalities of income and wealth

In a personal essay, Tim Pitt, formerly a special adviser at HM Treasury, argues that the government of Boris Johnson should give greater priority to acknowledging and addressing inequality of income and wealth in Britain.
Published: 15 January 2020
Author: Tim Pitt
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Win & Save – Exploring the potential of a lottery savings scheme in the UK

This report sets out an innovative policy to help address low savings levels among lower-income households: a Win & Save Scheme, a hybrid savings and lottery product, transforming the habit of gambling into a form of saving.
Published: 13 November 2019
Author: Nicole Gicheva
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Pour Decisions: The case for reforming alcohol duty

This report explores the case for reforming alcohol duty in the United Kingdom, and the principles which should underpin a new, improved alcohol duty regime.
Published: 06 September 2019
Author: Scott Corfe
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Better regulators, fairer markets

The current economic model under the capitalist system is currently in crisis. This report suggests that stricter regulation is a solution to this issue and a way to restore public faith and confidence in markets.
Published: 02 May 2019
Author: James Kirkup
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Building a Better Market

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases that a consumer will make in their lifetime, and the market should work well to meet the needs of consumers. This report focuses on how to improve the market in the interests of consumers.
Published: 03 March 2019
Author: Salima Ali
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Co-Living: A Solution to the Housing Crisis?

This study explores the role that co-living could play in increasing homeownership for first-time-buyers in the United Kingdom – particularly among those in younger age groups living in urban areas.
Published: 26 February 2019
Author: Scott Corfe
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