The years since 1990 have been littered with policy failures rooted in a misunderstanding of ordinary households. So says Professor Sir Ivor Crewe of Oxford University, who believes large scale household surveys like Understanding Society could help policy makers and politicians get it right.
Supporting charities and social enterprises to help tackle social problems, while making funding more sustainable is a key priority, according to Civil Society Minister Rob Wilson. But how do we ensure we properly understand the value of Charity Street to UK households?
The government is investing billions of pounds in free early years education for three and four year olds and plans to extend it to two year-olds. But is it an investment that’s paying off for children and mothers?
Significant concerns over the scale of recent immigration have brought about calls for a more selective approach to who is let in to the United Kingdom. But do we really want migrants who come to the UK to be just like us?
For too long the UK has relied on cheap energy from the North Sea which has stopped us from investing in energy efficient homes. The UK lags behind the rest of Europe and UNISON argue that a radical new programme is needed.
The government have allocated 73 million pounds in the quest to unlock the potential of Big Data. Within the social sciences the ESRC has been given money to develop four new research centres to allow policy makers, local government and business to benefit from the “Big Data revolution”.
Stringent anti-bullying measures and other support strategies could ensure disabled children have fewer behavioural issues in their early years says new research using the Millennium Cohort Study.
A growing body of evidence shows that commuting to work by foot, bike and also by public transport could not only be good for our health but also for the economy.
Dementia in old age worries us all. Recent research suggests the risk of dementia in the UK is going down, but this could be reversed if we fail to put more focus on prevention rather than cure, says Iain Lang.
Changes in the labour market and in the skillset of those looking for work are presenting new challenges, according to interim findings from a six-month inquiry by the Skills Commission.