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Migration: what has been its impact on low-skilled employment?

In 2013 there were around 13 million people in low-skilled jobs in the UK, of whom 2 million were born abroad, according to a report from the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee. But as migrants have moved into unskilled work UK-born workers have moved into more highly-skilled occupations, the committee found.

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Should universities take school performance into account?

With exam results out soon and discussions about the future of GCSEs and A-levels continuing, new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, published by the Department for Education, investigates the role played by secondary schools in explaining whether students go to university and how well they do once there.

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Child abuse: can help-lines change behaviour?

Can anonymous telephone helplines assist in preventing child abuse? An evaluation of such programmes in the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands finds they can. And it suggests offenders might be more likely to seek help if confidentiality is assured.

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Food education: a legacy for children’s health

Food education in schools needs a raised profile if society is to avoid the looming threat of obesity and diabetes. The School Food Plan, if fully implemented, shows how it is possible to promote healthy eating but it needs more support from policy makers, food manufacturers and parents and it needs that support now.

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Active travel – how can it be achieved?

The HOPE project is designed to investigate the travel habits of people in both urban and rural areas. First results indicate a distinct difference in travel behaviour between urban and rural residents. Through this research local governments will be better placed to develop active travel initiatives which will benefit their communities.

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Who are the under-pensioned and what should policymakers know?

Members of ethnic minority communities are less likely to be in paid employment or to be members of occupational pension schemes. As these groups grow older they will have less protection from poverty in their old age than their white British counterparts so what does this mean for policymakers and pension reform?