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High societies: International experiences of cannabis liberalisation

Across the world, approaches to cannabis regulation are changing. This report reviews evidence from jurisdictions that have liberalised cannabis, assessing how they have impacted health, crime, and economic outcomes, comparing them against the UK’s prohibition regime.
Published: 20 April 2022
Author: Jake Shepherd
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The Case for a Statutory Gambling Levy

This paper makes the case for introducing a statutory levy on the gambling industry, to be overseen by a new independent board led by the Department of Health and Social Care. The paper surveys the current voluntary system of industry funding for harm reduction. It finds that the voluntary system is structurally flawed and has failed in its approach.
Published: 13 March 2022
Author: James Noyes
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Investing in social value: Perspectives from the real estate sector

This briefing paper examines the role of “social value” in real estate decision-making in the UK. In addition to providing an overview of existing social value literature, the paper presents findings from a series of depth interviews with expert stakeholders in the real estate and investor community.
Published: 10 March 2022
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Linus Pardoe
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A Guiding Hand: Improving access to pensions advice and guidance

This report calls on the Government to improve access to and quality of pensions advice and guidance to reduce the risk of financial harm caused by under-saving as well as sub-optimal decisions made at the point of decumulating a pension pot.
Published: 23 February 2022
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Matthew Oakley, Joe Ahern
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Banking on change: Expanding the role of banks and building societies in supporting financial resilience

This briefing paper explores the role that banks and building societies can play in bolstering financial resilience and improving outcomes for vulnerable customers. It calls for financial institutions to be made to compete with each other on providing quality financial wellbeing services, and ultimately empower customers.
Published: 16 February 2022
Author: Scott Corfe
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Banking and competition in the UK economy

This report explores the state of competition in the UK economy, and the extent to which supposedly competitive markets are delivering good outcomes for customers, with a particular focus on the retail banking sector. It sets out a range of policy recommendations for enhancing competition in the banking sector and the UK economy more broadly.
Published: 10 May 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya, Richard Hyde
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Double or nothing? Assessing the economic impact of gambling

This report explores the economic footprint of the entire gambling industry and its sub-sectors, and considers the extent to which the “economic defence” of business as usual stands up to scrutiny.
Published: 10 March 2021
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Aveek Bhattacharya, Jake Shepherd
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Funding fibre

The Government has committed to ensuring nationwide gigabit broadband coverage by 2025. This report finds that without significant policy reform, the Government is unlikely to meet its target of full fibre to the premises (FTTP) rollout within the next five years.
Published: 07 October 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Kathryn Petrie
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Alcohol-free and low-strength drinks: understanding their role in reducing alcohol-related harms

This report examines the market for alcohol-free and low-strength products – “NoLo drinks” - in the UK. It explores recent trends in the market; consumer demographics and habits; the regulation and marketing of NoLo products; and the potential impact on health outcomes.
Published: 08 September 2020
Author(s): Scott Corfe, Richard Hyde, Jake Shepherd
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