Strong public services are vital in a social market economy, but what they deliver matters much more than who delivers it. Our work is about understanding how to reform and modernise those services to deliver the greatest benefit to society.
Public Service Reform in the 2020s
What does 'public service reform' look like in the 2020s? This briefing considers three ways the Government might seek to ensure increased funding for public services is efficiently used in a post-austerity era.
|Published:||11 January 2022|
Earning trust: Improving criminal justice outcomes for ethnic minorities
This paper discusses some of the issues facing ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system, and how policymakers might improve their outcomes – particularly by increasing their trust in the system.
|Published:||15 December 2021|
Treating and preventing adolescent obesity
This briefing paper examines adolescent obesity in Britain. It explores trends in obesity rates, their drivers and policy options for improving adolescent health outcomes and reducing the substantial societal costs of adolescent obesity and its frequent persistence into adulthood.
|Published:||13 December 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Jake Shepherd, Linus Pardoe|
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|
Gendered experiences of obesity: Narrowing gender gaps in prevention and treatment
This report explores gendered experiences of obesity in the UK , examining how obesity rates differ between men and women, the drivers of these trends and the extent to which policy aimed at reducing obesity rates needs to be gender specific.
|Published:||23 November 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Jake Shepherd|
A healthier future: How to make general practice work better for everyone
This is a collection of essays about general practice in England and its future. The authors offer analysis and prescriptions based on expertise developed working in fields including medicine, NHS management, economics and the Civil Service.
|Published:||08 November 2021|
|Author:||Social Market Foundation|
Law and the open economy: Securing the future of English law and civil justice system for 21st Century prosperity
This report lays out the evidence for the need for modernisation of the law and minimally effective legal institutions to enhance UK's prosperity and global competitiveness, and presents recommendations that will aid this project.
|Published:||03 November 2021|
Road to ruin? Public attitudes towards road pricing as an alternative to the current fuel duty regime
This briefing sets out new public opinion data on one - often deemed controversial - proposal for reforming Fuel and Vehicle Excise Duty: road-pricing.
|Published:||15 October 2021|
Women in the Criminal Justice System: a better response to vulnerability
This paper discusses some of the issues facing women in the criminal justice system, and what policymakers can do to ensure a system that better responds to the circumstances and needs of female offenders.
|Published:||23 September 2021|