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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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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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A market for residential care services

This report, which draws on discussions from a roundtable held on the eve of the coronavirus outbreak, analyses the performance of the residential care market in England.
Published: 22 September 2020
Author(s): Kathryn Petrie, James Kirkup
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Intergenerational fairness in the coronavirus economy

This briefing paper, written by Research Director, Scott Corfe, discusses the need for the economic costs of responding to coronavirus pandemic to be shared fairly across the generations.
Published: 14 April 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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Driving change in the bus market: lessons from London

The number of people taking the bus in the UK is declining almost universally. London is no exception, though its franchise system sees significantly more bus travel per person than any other area – over 250 journeys per year.
Published: 03 December 2019
Author: Michael Waterson
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Gender equality and the 100 year life

This is the second report of the series focusing on how the 100-year life may affect Britain’s society, economy and public services. This report focuses on gender equality and how policymakers can make the 100-year life work for women.
Published: 28 October 2019
Author: Kathryn Petrie
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Unfair, ineffective and unjustifiable: the case for ending imprisonment for Council Tax arrears in England

in this paper, Chris Daw QC sets out his argument for an end to laws allowing for the imprisonment of people with council tax debts in England.
Published: 18 September 2019
Author: Chris Daw QC
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Looked After Children the Silent Crisis Update

This Social Market Foundation (SMF) update assesses the current standard of care provision for looked-after children in England.
Published: 12 August 2019
Author: Matthew Oakley
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