Latest Publications

We publish research reports and briefing papers under the following five main categories. Click a category below or use the search box to find what you are looking for.

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Levelling down: the medium term local economic impact of coronavirus

The reality of the economic disruption is rarely simple: different sectors will face different levels of disruption and workers employed in those sectors are unevenly distributed by geography and demography....
Published: 06 July 2020
Author(s): Amy Norman, Kathryn Petrie
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The virus and the climate: winning consent for Net Zero

During the UK’s lockdown, the public accepted considerable social and economic disruption to mitigate the effects of coronavirus. Some have argued that this sets a precedent for further interventions to...
Published: 03 July 2020
Author(s): Amy Norman, James Kirkup
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Unlocking Britain

These proposals are informed by the work of the Unlock Britain Commission, a group of independent advisors, business leaders and politicians, led by Afolami and convened to stimulate new economic...
Published: 17 June 2020
Author: Bim Afolami MP
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Investing in Britain’s future

The findings of this report, informed by a recent private SMF roundtable of experts, politicians and sectoral representatives, include recommendations of how the UK Government can tackle both the existing "infrastructure deficit" and weather the economic storm of COVID-19.
Published: 15 June 2020
Author(s): Richard Hyde, James Kirkup
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Bounce back Britain

This report, authored by Andrew O'Brien (Director of External Affairs for Social Enterprise UK), argues that the Government should break the norm of cutting business taxation at a time of economic crisis and instead embark on an ambitious programme of structural reform to UK plc in the wake of coronavirus.
Published: 04 June 2020
Author: Andrew O’Brien
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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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Recreating parks: securing the future of our urban green spaces

Parks have been a vital public service throughout the UK’s lockdown. But their financial plight and health benefits have not been fully recognised. With parks taking on a new place in the national conversation, now is the time to secure their future.
Published: 18 May 2020
Author: Linus Pardoe
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A new safety net: guaranteeing jobs and training after the crisis

This briefing paper provides an overview of the case for Universal Job Guarantee, and why it should be harnessed in order to build and implement an effective social security system for life on the other side of our current crisis.
Published: 10 May 2020
Author(s): Kathryn Petrie, Jake Shepherd
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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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