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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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Raising the steaks: developing a market for alternative protein in the UK

This briefing paper considers whether the UK Government should support the development of alternative meat products as part of fulfilling its Net Zero ambitions.
Published: 06 September 2021
Author: Linus Pardoe
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Firing up the post-COVID economy: How to be “pro-business” in the 2020s

This briefing sets out why a social market-based pro-enterprise agenda is the strongest foundation for a successful and sustained post-Brexit and post-pandemic economy that is also able to weather the headwinds of technological change
Published: 08 June 2021
Author(s): Richard Hyde, Scott Corfe
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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
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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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