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.
Banking on change: Expanding the role of banks and building societies in supporting financial resilience
This briefing paper explores the role that banks and building societies can play in bolstering financial resilience and improving outcomes for vulnerable customers. It calls for financial institutions to be made to compete with each other on providing quality financial wellbeing services, and ultimately empower customers.
|Published:||16 February 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|
Capital concerns: Poverty in London and the role of business in helping tackle it
This report calls attention to the scale of in-work poverty in the UK and London today, what drives it, and the impact it has. It is a part of a wider project – created in partnership with Trust for London - to develop a new benchmark that helps businesses tackle in-work poverty.
|Published:||23 January 2022|
|Author(s):||Richard Hyde, Jake Shepherd|
The Retirement Housing Dividend: Exploring the case for an expansion of retirement housing in the UK
This provocation paper explores the case for an expansion of retirement housing in the UK. It demonstrates that specialist retirement housing brings with it a range of benefits to government, retirees and wider society. This “retirement housing dividend” should be quantified and considered by policymakers, and embedded into local strategies.
|Published:||05 December 2021|
Unlocking the potential of ethnic minority businesses: Tackling the barriers to success
The report analyses the specific barriers facing BAME businesses and entrepreneurs from reaching their full potential, by offering policy direction to government agencies on multiple levels, as well as prompting financial providers to alter their behaviour account for community and entrepreneur-specific needs.
|Published:||23 November 2021|
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|
Unlocking the gridlock: How a more democratic planning system can help fix the housing crisis
This publication examines the inadequacies of the current planning system in providing necessary levels and quality of housing, and urges that any reforms must focus on giving local residents authority over developments in their area - to help fix the housing crisis.
|Published:||25 October 2021|
|Author:||Social Market Foundation|
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|
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|