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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.

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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
Author: Scott Corfe
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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
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Baby bust and baby boom: Examining the liberal case for pronatalism

This briefing paper considers the liberal case for explicitly ‘pronatalist’ policies that aim to increase the birth rate in the UK.
Published: 20 September 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya
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Fostering the future: Recruiting and retaining more foster carers

This report, the second in a series on reforming the foster care system sponsored by the Hadley Trust, seeks to understand the reasons why carers leave the foster care system and what steps could be taken to attract more people into fostering.
Published: 29 August 2021
Author: Matthew Oakley
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A matter of perspective? Outlook inequality and its impact on young people

This report explores young people’s “outlook” in the UK, the role of outlook in shaping life outcomes, and how policy can respond in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Published: 07 July 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya
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Fostering the future: Helping local authorities to fulfil their legal duties

This report is the first of two papers looking at how to improve the system of foster care in England. It explores current and future challenges surrounding the provision of appropriate foster care placements that meet the needs of some of society's most vulnerable children.
Published: 25 June 2021
Author: Matthew Oakley
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Insuring a return

This research examines the role played by products such as income protection and private medical insurance in reducing absence from work and presenteeism, facilitating a swift return to work, and generating fiscal benefits.
Published: 27 May 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Kishan Rana
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Time to think again: disability benefits and support after COVID-19

The benefits system for disabled people, and the support that accompanies it, are broken. This report shows that across a range of metrics, the system is failing disabled people and their families and communities.
Published: 24 February 2021
Author: Matthew Oakley
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Give me money (That’s what I want): The case for cash benchmarking

Key points ‘Cash benchmarking’ practices have become common in poorer countries in recent years and used by development agencies to compare programme outcomes against the alternative of giving people cash...
Published: 01 February 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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