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If it makes you happy… What role does subjective wellbeing play in Levelling Up?

The Government promised to make a legal commitment to increasing wellbeing and reducing disparities in it across the UK. This paper considers how subjective wellbeing fits with the rest of the levelling up strategy, especially in relation to places that are prosperous, healthy and well educated, but nevertheless have low wellbeing.
Published: 11 May 2022
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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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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London coronavirus economy tracker – April 2021

This report, the fifth in a series commissioned by Peabody, updates our analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on London's economy. It explores the latest timely data on economic outcomes to produce an as up-to-date picture as possible.
Published: 22 April 2021
Author(s): Amy Norman, Scott Corfe
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So now you give a monkey’s? The policy wonk’s guide to Hartlepool

Whilst political attention is largely trained on the party politics and votes at stake in Hartlepool, there is much that policymakers can learn by looking at the North East constituency....
Published: 13 April 2021
Author: Aveek Bhattacharya
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Accelerator Zones: how to turbocharge economic opportunity across the UK

This briefing paper, authored by Conservative MPs Bim Afolami and Laura Trott sets out the case for new "Accelerator Zones" to be established across the UK, designed to drive innovation and growth in university towns and cities.
Published: 21 February 2021
Author(s): Bim Afolami MP, Laura Trott MP
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Assessing the economic implications of coronavirus and Brexit

This report offers clear evidence-driven analysis of the economic impact of the two most pressing issues facing the UK economy today: the coronavirus crisis and our future relationship with the European Union when the transition period ends.
Published: 31 May 2020
Author(s): Kathryn Petrie, Amy Norman
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Falling off a Cliff

This SMF briefing note provides an update on the state of Britain’s coastal communities. Worryingly, it shows that the economic gap between coastal communities and the rest of the country has widened even more since our 2017 report.
Published: 22 August 2019
Author: Scott Corfe
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Living on the edge: Britain’s coastal communities

The SMF has undertaken a brief analysis of economic and social data at a local authority level, to better understand the extent to which coastal communities are among the worst ranked parts of the country in terms of earnings, employment, health and education.
Published: 04 September 2017
Author: Scott Corfe
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Devolution and poverty: Can we tackle poverty at a local level?

Greater devolution in England has been largely framed around growth, with much less debate about the effect on poverty. This paper is intended to provide a summary of the key questions and considerations facing policymakers, informed by two roundtable events held in Birmingham and London, with politicians and policymakers from local and central Government, local charities, and experts on city growth and poverty.
Published: 08 June 2016
Author: Nida Broughton
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