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.
Future-proofing justice: Making the civil and criminal courts world-leading by 2030
In recent decades the civil and criminal courts of England and Wales have demonstrated significant failings. These are causing considerable individual, societal and financial detriment and undermining the rule of law. This report surveys the current state of the courts and the likely impact of the current modernisation programme and outlines an agenda for reform that goes beyond the existing plans – in order to ensure that the UK’s courts are world-leading by 2030.
|Published:||15 June 2022|
Right time, right place: improving access to civil justice
This paper discusses access to civil justice in England and Wales, and how policymakers can create a better functioning and more equitable system.
|Published:||23 May 2022|
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|