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We produce short briefing notes on current policy issues, drawing on our expertise and research findings.
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We consider who would be affected by each of the proposed MERs, and then assess whether the introduction of a minimum eligibility requirement is likely to achieve the government’s stated aim of ensuring that ‘students undertaking degree study have attained the baseline skills required to engage ...
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We reflect on the current state of the labour market and ask whether the composition of jobs demanded looks different in ways which could affect the careers of workers.
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At the end of February, the government announced the most significant reform to the student loans system in England since at least 2012.
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We examine how contracted hours change after nurses and doctors return from maternity leave, and how this varies across NHS trust and medical specialty.
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This briefing note considers the effects of the government’s proposed amendment to the Care Act, which would mean that means-tested support does not count for an individual’s progress towards the social care cost cap.
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Rowena Crawford, Carl Emmerson and Kate Ogden
We shed light on the issue that ‘deferred’ pensions that people no longer contribute to might provide declining value for money over time if people do not engage with them.
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This briefing note examines impacts for English councils using outturns data for 2020–21, compares these with expectations based on ex ante and rapidly available indicators, and considers the implications for both councils’ current financial resilience and how the financial impacts of future ...
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This briefing note compares trends in output, consumer spending and saving from the 2020 recession with those from two previous recessions beginning in 1990 and 2008.
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We address questions around vacancies and labour shortages by bringing together fine-grained data on the demand and supply sides of the labour market up to the summer of 2021.
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This briefing note provides an update on school spending trends over time, covering the most recent sets of data, forecasts and policy announcements.