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In these frequent and topical observations, we comment on policy issues related to our research programme. Sign up to receive email alerts when new observations are posted, or scroll down to subscribe to one of our RSS feeds.
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The government is restarting ‘managed migration’, the process under which those still receiving legacy benefits or tax credits move to universal credit.
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Top earners in finance have seen a sharp rise in pay in recent months, pushing up pay inequality in a reversal of pre-pandemic trends.
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The maximum interest rate will reach 12% between September 2022 and February 2023 and a low of around zero between September 2024 and March 2025.
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It is disappointing that the UK government has ‘taken back control’ only to stick to an arbitrary, poorly designed, out-of-date funding allocation mechanism.
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This observation summarises some of the key facts about how NICs works and who will be paying more in NICs from April 6th 2022.
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We analyse the Department for Work and Pensions' latest official statistics on household incomes.
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The allocation of public spending is one the most direct levers for ‘levelling up’ health, wealth and well-being. But is policy aligned with the government’s stated aims?
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The Chancellor has cut taxes temporarily in response to COVID-19 but tax rises on a historic scale are planned from April.
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In this observation, we analyse how government proposals will affect levels of teacher pay in England and their overall affordability for schools.
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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.