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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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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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Obesity and coronavirus – where next for policy?

The Coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the health consequences of living with overweight and obesity. In response, the UK Government has unveiled a new obesity strategy to get the country to “lose weight to beat coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the NHS”.
Published: 13 December 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Jake Shepherd
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Measuring and mitigating child hunger in the UK

This report provides survey data and modelled analysis of food insecurity in the UK. It follows high profile campaigns from the footballer Marcus Rashford which have expressed concern over child hunger during the coronavirus pandemic.
Published: 09 December 2020
Author(s): Aveek Bhattacharya, Jake Shepherd
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